By John F. Di Leo, a resident, taxpayer, and parent in D211 -
It's easy to think that governance is always about "finding the best compromise"... or to put it cynically: "picking the outcome that satisfies the greatest number of voters..."
...but it's not. It's about choosing the best outcome from those legally available for consideration, which is often much more limiting than the number of options arrayed on the table.
Palatine, Illinois' School District 211, one of the biggest districts in the state, with about 17,000 high school students attending its five schools, finds itself in this position tonight.
The US Department of Education has an Office of Civil Rights (OCR) which has issued an ultimatum that they are describing as a compromise, on the subject of accommodating a boy who thinks of himself as a girl. (if you don't recall the case, details are here).
The feds are threatening to withhold millions in federal funds if they don't allow the boy to shower with girls. They claim that the feds have come down considerably from their original demands, and that this latest offer is a "reasonable compromise."
The D211 board will vote on it in a special public meeting tonight (Dec 2) at 7:30 at Conant High School.
Here is the key issue: Accepting this alleged compromise gives the federal Department of Education a precedent, which they will use in other districts, and at other grade levels, all over the country.
The movement in America to undermine our society is always looking for venues - try this case in this court, pass this bill in that state, do this by regulation and that by judicial ruling, etc. etc. - and Palatine is just the latest in this particular arena. It's all about jurisdiction-shopping.
No matter what is in this alleged compromise, accepting it would serve as precedent for other bureaucrats to harass other school districts. It is a foot in the door, in which the federal government claims the ability to violate traditional lines between boys and girls.
The feds really don't care what's in the compromise; they certainly don't care about this poor kid or his family. What they care about is that foot in the door. What the bureaucrats want is the precedent to be able to tell any local school district in the country what to do, on this or any issue.
What they want is to be able to emasculate our local school boards, good or bad, and rule our schools from Washington.
The D211 board of education has been as inclusive, as understanding, as generous and accommodating to the child in question as any sane person could imagine them being... but it's not enough for the feds.
Why? Because the child's mental well-being has NEVER been the issue at the heart of this alleged "civil rights action"... the issue at its heart is control, The issue at the core is an unconstitutional federal overreach.
The D211 board must stand strong and vote NO tonight. Tonight, this local board must stand up for ALL school boards across the nation, and reject the federal claim of standing to be involved in this issue.
Only a NO vote is acceptable. There is simply no justification for giving the Department of Education the legal foothold that they so desperately desire.