The Future Of Transgender Student Rights Plays Out In Suburban Palatine

Palatine District 211
Volunteers write postcards to voters and urge them to support three school board candidates who favor an open locker room policy for transgender high school students -- incumbents Bob LeFevre Jr. and Anna Klimkowicz, and former board member Ed Yung. WBEZ
Palatine District 211
Volunteers write postcards to voters and urge them to support three school board candidates who favor an open locker room policy for transgender high school students -- incumbents Bob LeFevre Jr. and Anna Klimkowicz, and former board member Ed Yung. WBEZ

The Future Of Transgender Student Rights Plays Out In Suburban Palatine

A school board race in northwest suburban Palatine is heating up as candidates face what some call the civil rights question of the modern era: How schools and other institutions should address the rights of transgender students.

Illinois School District 211 has been wrestling with this issue for nearly 18 months after a transgender student sued her school in December 2015 to allow her to use the girls' locker room. The one-time exception made for the student sparked a debate in the community that soon garnered national attention when the federal government stepped in.

Morning Shift talks to WBEZ Education reporter Linda Lutton about how the locker room in a Palatine high school became a battleground in the national fight over transgender rights.