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Do Not Let Obama Shatter the Innocence of 50 Million School Children

Jun 16, 2016 by

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Do Not Let Obama Shatter the Innocence of 50 Million School Children

By Henry W. Burke

6.16.16

 

By executive fiat, Obama is trying to shatter the innocence of 50 million school children.

What approach should states, school districts, and concerned citizens take when confronted with Obama’s guidance on the special use of restrooms and locker rooms by transgender people?

I presented a reasoned response during the June 3, 2016 Nebraska State Board of Education Meeting.  My testimony began at time mark 6:00 and ended at 15:15.  This is the link (URL) to the Board Meeting:   

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbE5V3098po&feature=youtu.be

The full report, “Do Not Let Obama Bully America’s Schools,” is available at:

http://www.educationviews.org/obama-bully-americas-schools/

 

Some of the highlights from my full report include:

Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex.  Of course, “sex” refers to the biological reality of being male or female, not how a person perceives his/her gender identity.

The number of transgender individuals in the U.S. is actually quite small.  According to a reliable U.S. Census Bureau report, there are about 16,000 transgender individuals in the U.S.  This is roughly 7 transgenders per 100,000 people.

In an 87,000-seat football stadium, there would be about 3 transgender people.  In a similar way, Omaha, Nebraska has around 14 transgenders and Lincoln, Nebraska has about 9 transgender individuals.

Similar calculations for Texas would yield 30 transgender people in Austin, Texas, 42 transgenders in Dallas, Texas and 4 transgender individuals in Waco, Texas.

The Obama Administration officials are threatening lawsuits and the loss of federal funding unless the schools submit to their unconstitutional dictates.

Does Obama really want to withhold funds and take away the nutrition programs from low-income students?

 

On Friday, May 13, 2016, the Obama Administration released a Joint Guidance Letter on transgender students.  The letter from the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education was sent to every single school district in the entire country.  They even included colleges and universities in their wide-sweeping edict.

Unless the schools allow students to use the restrooms, locker rooms, and sports teams of their chosen gender, the Obama Administration threatens to take action.  To force the schools into submission, Obama’s henchmen are threatening lawsuits and the loss of federal funding.

What basis is “King Obama” using for his decree?  The Joint Guidance Letter repeatedly cites Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. 

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin.  Title IX of the Education Amendments added “sex” to the discrimination rules.

When Title IX was passed in 1972, “sex” referred to what it still refers to now; the basic biological reality of being male or female. 

Obama is using a law from the 1970’s designed to protect girls and women from sexism and sexual harassment to grant boys the right to undress in the girls’ locker room (and vice versa).

Transgenderism can be very temporary.  As pointed out by Dr. Paul McHugh, former head of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Hospital, the vast majority of children who claim opposite-sex identity will outgrow it.

http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/michael-w-chapman/johns-hopkins-psychiatrist-transgender-mental-disorder-sex-change

http://thepulse2016.com/jane-robbins/2016/05/13/15437/

 

As the titular head of the transgender movement, Obama is pushing his agenda on the entire country.  Is society making these accommodations for a huge number of transgender people, or is the number rather small? 

A very good estimate was published by the U.S. Census Bureau in May 2015.  Written by Benjamin Cerf Harris, the report is entitled “Likely Transgender Individuals in U.S. Federal Administrative Records and the 2010 Census.”

https://www.census.gov/srd/carra/15_03_Likely_Transgender_Individuals_in_ARs_and_2010Census.pdf

The U.S. Census Bureau (USCB) report was based on the 2010 Census, where they collected information on 308,745,538 individuals residing in the U.S. during April 2010. 

[At the 99 % confidence level, the report determined that 16,155 transgender individuals reside in the United States.  Because the report included only transgender persons over 16 years of age, the U.S. would have far fewer than 16,000 transgender students actually in the schools.  By any measure, this represents a mere handful of students!]

Based on the information and methodology in the U.S. Census Bureau report:

          Nebraska has about 59 transgender individuals.       

          Texas has about 859 transgender individuals.

          Iowa has about 70 transgender individuals.

          Kansas has about 64 transgender individuals.

Several examples are offered to illustrate the small number of transgender persons in various settings.

In a football stadium that holds 87,000 fans, perhaps 70,000 would be adults over 16 years of age.  According to the USCB report percentages, there would be about 3 transgender individuals in the stadium.

Omaha, Nebraska has a 2010 Census population of 408,958, with roughly 306,718 adults over 18 years of age.  With the USCB ratio for Nebraska, Omaha would have around 14 transgender persons.  Similar calculations for Lincoln, Nebraska (258,379 population and 198,952 people over 18 years of age) would yield 9 transgender individuals.

http://www.census.gov/quickfacts/table/PST045215/00

How about Texas?  Austin, Texas has a 2010 Census population of 811,458; and 632,937 adults are over 18 years of age.  With the USCB ratio, Austin, Texas has about 30 transgender individuals.  Dallas, Texas has a population of 1,197,816 and 886,384 people over 18 years of age.  Under the USCB figures, Dallas would have about 42 transgenders.  Waco, Texas has a population of 124,805 (93,604 adults over 18 years old).  Similar calculations for Waco would indicate 4 transgender people in the city.

http://www.census.gov/quickfacts/table/PST045215/00,4805000

 

Obama’s administrative directive creates major safety and security issues for the schools.  For the sake of a handful of transgender individuals, Obama is destroying the privacy and dignity of millions upon millions of students.  (According to the NCES, there were 50 million public school students in 2015.)

http://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=372

Is it logical for Obama to destroy the privacy, safety and security of 50 million students for a handful of transgender individuals?

A school superintendent in Texas raised an excellent point easily overlooked in this discussion – adult visitors who may be using the restrooms.  When a school has visitors for programs and sporting events, grown men could very easily be in the restrooms with young girls.

Under Obama’s new rules, men will definitely enter women’s locker rooms and restrooms!  On 2.8.16, in Seattle, Washington, a man claimed a right to use a women’s locker room after his partial undressing caused alarm. 

          According to Seattle Parks and Recreation, women alerted staff at Evans Pool when a man wearing swim trunks entered the women’s locker room and took off his shirt.

 

          When staff told him to leave, the man reportedly said “the law has changed and I have a right to be here.”

 

          Employees told Seattle’s King 5 News the man didn’t attempt to identify as female but cited a new Washington state rule allowing individuals to choose their bathroom based on their gender identity.

          http://dailysignal.com/2016/02/23/man-allowed-to-use-womens-locker-room-at-swimming-pool-without-citing-gender-identity/

The man later returned to the locker room while young girls were changing for swimming practice.  A Seattle Parks spokesman confirms what critics have been saying for some time. 

          There is no way for officials to confirm or deny someone’s ‘gender identity.’

According to The National Center For Victims of Crime, 14 % of children who suffered sexual abuse were violated by an unknown perpetrator.  Under Obama’s new guidance, it will be open season for unknown sexual predators!

http://futureofchildren.org/futureofchildren/publications/docs/19_02_FullJournal.pdf

Numerous articles have described accounts where predatory men are committing crimes in restrooms.  For example, a 4.23.16 Breitbart article documented 25 incidents where predatory men committed criminal actions in restrooms. 

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/04/23/twenty-stories-proving-targets-pro-transgender-bathroom-policy-danger-women-children/

The Breitbart story listed 5 incidents where men committed crimes in restrooms; some men were arrested dressed as women; others claimed to be transgender women.  The article also listed 19 accounts of predators using public restrooms to criminally victimize women and children.  Such documented accounts prove that this is not a hypothetical matter; the new transgender rules will definitely result in many more sexual crimes!

Even though most of the attention focuses on restrooms and locker rooms, the scope is broader than that.  Obama’s transgender directive also applies to dorms, overnight hotels, and other places you might not expect.

People who must not be forgotten in this debate are women who were sexually assaulted when they were young girls.  For these women, it would be very traumatic for a man to enter a women’s locker room or restroom.  A group of women in Washington State have spoken out and told their heart-wrenching stories on a powerful video.  Victims of sexual assault must be protected at all costs!

http://dailysignal.com/2016/01/25/sexual-assault-victims-speak-out-against-washingtons-transgender-bathroom-policies/

 

To force the schools into submission over the transgender issue, Obama is threatening the loss of federal funding.  How much money is at stake?

On 3.10.16, I wrote the report “Federal Money and Federal Control of Schools.”

http://www.educationviews.org/federal-money-federal-control-schools-3/

Public K-12 schools receive revenue from three major sources – federal, state, and local.  Nebraska schools get 9.6 % from federal sources, 32.1 % from state sources, and 58.3 % from local government sources.  Texas schools receive 11.4 % from the federal government, 38.6 % from state government, and 50.0 % from local government sources.

The following Table from that report lists the federal funds received by Nebraska and Texas. 

TABLE 1 – K-12 FEDERAL REVENUE SOURCES: FOR NE AND TX

Federal Sources United States

($Millions)

Nebraska

($Millions)

Texas

($Millions)

Distributed Through State      
  Title 1     14,348       91     1,398
  Special Education     11,127       80        823
  Child Nutrition     13,757       76     1,723
  Vocational          553         3          53
  Other     10,085       63     1,157
    Total     49,870     313     5,154
       
Direct Federal Aid      
  Impact Aid       1,412       25       116
  Other       3,085       28       426
    Total       4,497       53       542
       
    Total Federal Revenue     54,367     366    5,696

 

Source:

U.S. Census Bureau, “Public Education Finances: 2013,” Issued June 2015, Table 2. 

http://www2.census.gov/govs/school/13f33pub.pdf

http://www.educationviews.org/federal-money-federal-control-schools-3/

Title I is a federal program that provides funding to local school districts to improve the academic achievement of low-income, disadvantaged students.  The Special Education and Child Nutrition programs are self-explanatory.

For Nebraska, these three programs constitute $247 million in federal funding.  In Texas, the three programs total $3,944 million ($3.94 billion) in federal funds. 

Is it reasonable to assume that America’s first black president would cut off $247 million in funding for Nebraska’s low-income, minority students, including special education and malnourished students? 

Would Obama deprive Texas of $3.94 billion for these same programs?  Most intelligent, thinking people view his pronouncements as just idle threats, designed to scare the states and school districts into submission.

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick recently said:

          If the president would follow through on his threat to punish a school district by taking away their funds, he would be taking food off the plate, literally, of the poorest of the poor. So does the president really want to withhold funds and take away the free lunch and free breakfast program? I don’t think so.

          http://dailysignal.com/2016/05/19/three-things-texas-is-doing-to-defy-obamas-transgender-directive/

 

Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick said his state will not be “blackmailed” by Obama and announced that Texas will stand up to the transgender guidelines.  

Making good on its pledge to take legal action against Obama’s transgender guidelines, Texas sued the Obama Administration on Wednesday, May 25, 2016.  The new guidelines or directives are requiring public schools to open up all intimate areas (restrooms, locker rooms, etc.) to both sexes.

The Texas Attorney General filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court against the U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Justice, and other federal agencies and officials.  Joining Texas in the filing are Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin.  As the outrage grows and the realities become more apparent to the public, other states are sure to join with Texas.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said:

          This represents just the latest example of the current administration’s attempts to accomplish by executive fiat what they couldn’t accomplish through the democratic process in Congress. By forcing through his policies by executive action, President Obama excluded the voice of the people. We stand today to ensure those voices are heard.  

            https://texasattorneygeneral.gov/news/releases/ag-paxton-texas-leads-fight-against-doe-doj-bathroom-locker-room-rules

The Texas Attorney General’s website explains:

          The Obama Administration is attempting to rewrite Congress’s use of the term “sex” in federal law to now expand to include “gender identity.” If successful, this radical change opens up all intimate areas within schools simultaneously to members of both sexes.

            https://texasattorneygeneral.gov/

            https://texasattorneygeneral.gov/news/releases/ag-paxton-texas-leads-fight-against-doe-doj-bathroom-locker-room-rules

 

 

CONCLUSION

Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex.  Of course, “sex” refers to the biological reality of being male or female, not how a person perceives his/her gender identity.

Even though the Obama Administration repeatedly cites Title IX as the basis for its decree, Title IX does not address transgenders.

The Obama ideologues have no legal basis for the decree.  The Constitution does not allow it.

The number of transgender individuals in the U.S. is actually quite small.  According to a reliable U.S. Census Bureau report, there are about 16,000 likely transgender individuals in the U.S.  This is roughly 7 transgenders per 100,000 people.

Nebraska has about 59 transgenders and Texas has around 859 transgender people in the state.

In a football stadium seating 87,000 fans, there would be about 3 transgender people.  In a similar way, Omaha, Nebraska has around 14 transgenders and Lincoln, Nebraska has about 9 transgender individuals.

Similar calculations for Texas would yield 30 transgender individuals in Austin, Texas, 42 transgender people in Dallas, Texas and 4 transgender individuals in Waco, Texas.

Obama’s administrative directive creates major safety and security issues for the schools.  For the sake of a handful of transgender individuals, Obama is destroying the privacy and dignity of over 50 million students! 

It is extremely unsafe to allow men in women’s locker rooms and restrooms.  Women who were sexually assaulted as young girls will be severely traumatized by a man in a women’s space.

To force the schools into submission, Obama’s henchmen are threatening lawsuits and the loss of federal funding.

Federal funding for local schools is aimed primarily at low-income, disadvantaged students.  For Nebraska, three federal programs constitute $247 million in federal funds.  In Texas, the three programs total $3.94 billion.

Is it reasonable to assume that America’s first black president would cut off $247 million in funding for Nebraska’s low-income, minority students?  Would he really take money away from special education and malnourished students?  Would Obama deprive Texas of $3.94 billion for these same programs? 

Most intelligent people view Obama’s decrees as just idle threats, designed to scare the states and school districts into submission.

Texas and 12 other states rightfully sued the Obama Administration over the transgender guidelines.

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Bio for Henry W. Burke

Henry Burke is a Civil Engineer with a B.S.C.E. and M.S.C.E.  He has been a Registered Professional Engineer (P.E.) for 37 years and has worked as a Civil Engineer in construction for over 40 years. 

Mr. Burke had a successful 27-year career with a large construction company. 

Henry Burke serves as a full-time volunteer to oversee various construction projects. He has written numerous articles on education, engineering, construction, politics, taxes, and the economy.

Henry W. Burke

E-mail:  hwburke@cox.net

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