Earlier this month, South Carolina Senator Tim Scott introduced a bill to cut federal funding to schools that hide students’ ‘gender identity’ from parents.
The Parental Rights Over the Education and Care of Their (PROTECT) Kids Act, or “PROTECT Kids Act”, will “require elementary and middle schools that receive Federal funds to obtain parental consent before changing a minor child’s gender markers, pronouns, or preferred name on any school form, allowing a child to change the child’s sex-based accommodations, including locker rooms or bathrooms.”
Scott introduce the bill as a result of egregious behavior from public schools across the country including schools in Montgomery County, Maryland, that instruct teachers to form ‘‘gender transition plans’’ for students without the knowledge or consent of the student’s family.
At a recent Montgomery County Public Schools Pride event, internal data shared during a presentation suggests that over a two year period, there was a 582% in the number of students identifying as gender nonconforming.
Elicia Eberhart-Bliss, the acting assistant principal of Quince Orchard High School, shared the data on her Twitter account. She has since turned off commenting on the tweet.
An amazing kickoff event for the first in-person MCPS Pride ALLiance meeting! 🏳️🌈🏳️⚧️ QO was proud to host this opportunity to share glows and grows for LGBTQ+ students and staff #allmeansall #equityandinclusion #representationmatters @QOHSPrin_Thomas @mcpsequityteam @mcps_lgbtq pic.twitter.com/LPKdVhN82V
— Elicia Eberhart-Bliss (@QOActingAP) October 7, 2022
Data compiled by Statistica suggests those identifying as transgender, gender fluid, non-binary, or other ways in 2021 in the United States was 1%.
What is going on in the Montgomery County Public Schools?
Maryland’s largest public school district saw a 582% increase the number of students identifying as gender nonconforming in just two years, according to internal data posted to an educator’s Twitter page.
Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) gathered this data from forms school counselors fill out when students approach them to talk about gender identity issues. Because the numbers rely on self-reporting, the near-sevenfold increase from 2019 to 2022 could indicate a massive increase in the number of gender-diverse students, an environment that encourages those students to be more open with counselors or both.
The data — which is not publicly available to parents or taxpayers — was posted to Twitter on Oct. 6 when educator Elicia Eberhart-Bliss shared an image of a slide show presented at a meeting of the district’s “Pride ALLiance.”
During the 2019-2020 school year, a total of 35 students reported gender nonconformity to a counselor, including four elementary students, 19 middle school students and 12 high schoolers. During the 2021-2022 school year the total number of students reporting gender nonconformity spiked to 239, including 18 elementary students, 129 middle schoolers and 92 high schoolers.
The data state that 423 students filled out the form with a counselor, and 45% of those students are considered “non-binary.” The data were collected across 84 schools, including 20 elementary schools.
MCPS was in the news in 2017 when two immigrants, ages 17 and 18 were arrested at a Maryland High School and charged with in connection with the rape of a 14 year old female classmate, though according to Fox News, those charges were ultimately dropped.