Delaware education officials revise controversial anti-discrimination regulation
(AP) – Delaware education officials have backed off a controversial proposal that would have allowed school children of any age to decide their race and gender self-identity without parental knowledge or consent.
A revised anti-discrimination regulation published Friday says students cannot self-identify gender or race at school without parental permission.
The move comes after the initial proposal by Democratic Gov. John Carney's administration drew widespread criticism, generating more than 11,000 public comments. Most comments were negative.
In addition to picking their race and gender, students as young as kindergarten would have been able to choose a preferred name based on those and other "protected characteristics" including ethnicity, color and sexual orientation.
The revised regulation still encourages schools to work with transgender students and their families regarding access to locker rooms and bathrooms.