Skip to content

NJ Board of Ed goes gender neutral, dumps words ‘male,’ ‘female’

The terms “male” and “female” are so last year.

At least to the New Jersey Board of Education, or NJSBE, which just voted to approve its “equity” policy and dump all gender-specific phrases in favor of the term “all students.”

The vote passed six to five, with board members agreeing Wednesday to several language changes, the New Jersey Spotlight News reported.

The board is required to vote on its equity code every seven years, according to the outlet.

Parents’ rights advocates protested, packing the meeting at which the vote took place and threatening lawsuits after a majority ruled in favor.

Groups like Protect Your Children, or Team PYC, opposed the adoption of more gender-neutral language in the code.

More than 850 people also sent comments to the state board, many of which Team PYC founder Victoria Jakelsky said came from her group.

The equity code has been “protecting students based on sexual orientation and gender identity since it was adopted in 2003,” Gov. Phil Murphy said in a statement.

One parent raised concern about the deletion of “gender” having a “devastating” impact on New Jersey kids, Fox News reported.

The parent claimed the change would remove girls and young women as a protected class and threaten the rights of biological girls, especially when it comes to educational opportunities.

The Board disagreed saying the change was meant to “utilize more inclusive language.”

Today's News.
For Conservatives.
Every Single Day.

News Opt-in
(Optional) By checking this box you are opting in to receive news notifications from News Rollup. Text HELP for help, STOP to end. Message & data rates may apply. Message frequency varies. Privacy Policy & Terms:
This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.