State board of education approves LGBT guidance to schools

Posted at 3:51 PM, Sep 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-14 15:51:13-04

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s education board has approved guidance to schools on creating an inclusive environment for LGBT students.

The State Board of Education voted 6-2 to adopt the guidance.

The guidelines are voluntary but have spurred criticism from conservative lawmakers, particularly over restroom and bathroom policies for transgender students.

The State Board of Education voted on the guidance Wednesday afternoon, after receiving additional public comments.

Proposed recommendations to schools include making good faith efforts to address students by their chosen name and pronoun when asked. The guidance also urges schools to let transgender students use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity.

Education officials say the draft guidance was amended to encourage local school districts to engage their communities in the development of their own policies and to urge greater consideration for parental involvement.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.