Taking Back America By Taking Back Our Schools
A public school district in the suburbs of Columbus, Ohio, has spent more than $134,000 in legal fees to obtain a permit to install only gender-neutral bathrooms in six of its new facilities, in violation of state code.
In the fall of 2017, the Upper Arlington School District successfully passed a $230 million tax to rebuild five elementary schools and Upper Arlington High School. Construction on the high school and four of the elementary schools began in 2019.
The school board and Superintendent erected five of the six new buildings with only gender-neutral bathrooms, though the Ohio Building Code mandates that any facility with “plumbing fixtures” requires separate accommodations for each sex.
The Upper Arlington Education Coalition — a concerned parents organization — has spearheaded the efforts to reinstitute single-sex bathrooms alongside the existing gender-neutral bathrooms. According to Cathy Pultz, who runs the parent coalition and has served on the Parent-Teacher Organization for 15 years, the school district never informed parents about the gender-neutral bathroom facilities until the fall of 2020.
The school district denies that it hid the decision making process from the public.