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Illinois school committee: ‘Our transgender policy could change the country’

By Tony Merevick| Chicago Phoenix | Monday, November 12, 2012
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AURORA, Ill. β€” An Ad Hoc committee of the East Aurora School District 131 convened for the first time Thursday to discuss its plans to create a new policy for protecting transgender students after a previous district policy was rescinded late last month.

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After flip-flop, Illinois school forms committee for new transgender policy

By Tony Merevick| Chicago Phoenix | Tuesday, October 30, 2012
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Following its controversial decision to rescind a policy that would have added protections for transgender and gender nonconforming students in its schools Oct. 19, the East Aurora School District announced Monday that it is forming a committee to work on an all new β€œinclusive policy.”

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Equality Illinois: ‘The bullies won in East Aurora’

| Saturday, October 20, 2012
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Bernard Cherkasov, CEO of Equality Illinois, a statewide advocacy organization, commented Saturday on the decision by the East Aurora school board to rescind policy that supported transgender and gender nonconforming staff, faculty, and students.

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East Aurora, Ill., school board flip-flops on transgender rights policy

By Tony Merevick| Chicago Phoenix | Friday, October 19, 2012
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AURORA β€” In a special meeting Friday evening, the East Aurora School Board voted to repeal a policy that would create protections for gender nonconforming students that they quickly and unanimously passed just five days ago.

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School considers rescinding transgender rights policy amid hate group, parental outrage

| Wednesday, October 17, 2012
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AURORA, Ill. -- An Illinois school board is considering rescinding a transgender rights policy it adopted Monday after after receiving emails and letters from outraged residents and anti-gay organizations across the state.

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