With a growing number of public school teachers claiming they are transgender, more and more districts are facing awkward and controversial questions over who deserves "rights" and who does not.
Laurie Higgins of the Illinois Family Institute is watching that politically-charged issue unfold in that state's liberal District U-46, where Higgins is attending school board meetings and transcribing the internal debate on her organization's website.
Higgins describes how the school board's attorney, Luis Rodriguez, walked into trouble recently after the board's lone and much-hated conservative member, Jeanette Ward, asked if a biological male teacher could be allowed to supervise a girls' locker room if he identifies as a woman.
The question was met with silence at first, Higgins recalled, then there was murmuring among school board members until Rodriguez finally answered, "Yes."
"So a biological male," says Higgins," who pretends to be a woman, would expect to supervise only female students."
Higgins' recollection of that exchange recalled that Tony Sanders, the school district's CEO, jumped in to claim that was a "hypothetical" situation that would never happen.
It isn't that far-fetched, however, since OneNewsNow has reported that a male P.E. teacher in Florida was told by school officials to supervise a transgender boy --- a biological girl --- in the locker room or risk punishment for refusing to do so.
On her website, Higgins also points out the Florida case as a real-life example, and she also recalls a high school teacher was fired for refusing to refer to his female student as a "he."
Higgins tells OneNewsNow that such policies are designed to promote the ideological agenda of leftists bit send a misguided message to students.
"It is teaching every child in that school," warns Higgins, "that biological sex, if it comes in conflict with gender identity, if they come into conflict, biological sex must always be subordinate."