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  • NJ S3067
  • Requires Commissioner of Education to develop guidelines for school districts regarding transgender students.
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2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill requires the Commissioner of Education to develop guidelines for school districts regarding transgender students. The guidelines are intended to provide direction for schools in addressing common issues concerning the needs of transgender students, and to assist schools in establishing policies and procedures that ensure a supportive and nondiscriminatory environment for transgender students. Under the bill, the guidelines are required to include information and guidance regarding the following: (1) definitions of terms relevant to an understanding of transgender issues; (2) maintaining a safe and supportive learning environment free from discrimination and harassment; (3) confidentiality and privacy concerns regarding a student's transgender or transitioning status; (4) procedures for the maintenance of official school records; (5) use of the name and pronoun that corresponds to a student's gender identity; (6) issuance of school documentation such as student ID's in the name that corresponds to a student's gender identity, and permitting transgender students to dress in accordance with their gender identity; (7) equal opportunities for participation in physical education; (8) participation in gender-segregated school activities in accordance with a student's gender identity; (9) the use of restrooms and locker rooms; (10) ensuring that school counselors are knowledgeable regarding issues and concerns relevant to transgender students; and (11) permitting and supporting the formation of student clubs or programs regarding issues related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. In addition, the guidelines will include information on organizations or other resources available to students and parents that provide support to transgender individuals. The bill directs the commissioner to periodically review the guidelines and to update or modify them, as appropriate, in accordance with current State or federal laws and regulations concerning the rights of transgender students. In addition, the bill requires the commissioner to provide school districts with guidance and resources regarding: (1) providing professional development opportunities to teachers, administrators, guidance counselors, bus drivers, coaches, and other school staff regarding issues and concerns relevant to LGBTQ students; and (2) making developmentally appropriate information about LGBTQ issues available in school facilities, which may include providing pamphlets or books in school libraries, counseling offices, and nurse's offices.
Education, 2nd Reading in the Assembly, 2nd Reading in the Senate, Bills and Joint Resolutions Signed by the Governor, Budget, Passed both Houses, Passed Senate
Approved P.L.2017, c.137.  (on 7/21/2017)
Date Chamber Action Description
7/21/2017 A Approved P.L.2017, c.137.
6/29/2017 A Passed Assembly (Passed Both Houses) (59-15-3)
6/29/2017 A Substituted for A4652
6/26/2017 A Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading
6/26/2017 Assembly Budget Hearing (19:00 6/26/2017 A-4432 (1R), A-4784 (1R) and A-5038 are pending referral. * Revi)
6/26/2017 Assembly Budget Hearing (19:00 6/26/2017 A-4432 (1R), A-4784 (1R) and A-5038 are pending referral.)
6/22/2017 A Received in the Assembly, Referred to Assembly Budget Committee
6/19/2017 S Passed by the Senate (25-10)
5/18/2017 S Reported from Senate Committee, 2nd Reading
3/6/2017 S Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Education Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 6/29/2017 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 59 15 6
Detail 6/29/2017 Assembly Floor: Substitute For A4652 (Voice Vote) 0 0 0
Detail 6/26/2017 Assembly Budget Committee: Reported Favorably 11 2 0
Detail 6/19/2017 Senate Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 25 10 5
Detail 5/18/2017 Senate Education Committee: Reported Favorably 3 1 1