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Supreme Court declines case on Montgomery Co. Public Schools gender identity policy

May 21, 2024


The U.S. Supreme Court will not be taking up a legal challenge to the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) system’s policy on gender identity first drafted in the 2020-2021 school year.

A group of Montgomery County parents and their attorneys argued that the school system’s adoption of what it called a “gender support plan” violated parents’ 14th Amendment rights.

The MCPS policy allows for what the school system terms a “student-centered” approach if and when a student decides they want to change their gender identity, including a change of name and pronouns. The school system policy includes a provision for student privacy “and recognizing that providing support for a student is critical, even when the family is nonsupportive,” according to the latest draft on the school system’s website.

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