Anchorage Superintendent Says Prop 1 Is Unenforceable

By February 21, 2018Press Releases
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 20, 2018
Contact: Kati Ward, Fair Anchorage Campaign Manager, 907-202-6272[email protected]

ANCHORAGE – Anchorage School District Superintendent Dr. Deena Bishop today addressed Prop 1, which would repeal portions of Anchorage’s non-discrimination ordinance protecting transgender people. While the Anchorage School District is legally prohibited from taking positions on ballot initiatives, Superintendent Bishop made it clear that these existing protections have worked well for the past two years and that if passed, Prop 1 could not be enforced in Anchorage schools

“The enforcement of this policy is not possible,” Bishop said at minute 43 at the Anchorage School Board Meeting. “We will not stand guard at our restroom doors. So as we move forward and learn what this brings to us, we are keeping student safety in mind. There is nothing in the budget that moves forward anyone to play the role of law enforcement in the restroom.”

If approved, Prop 1 would remove protections against discrimination for transgender people from Anchorage’s non-discrimination ordinance – including protections in Anchorage’s public schools.

“Prop 1 will hurt students and our city,” said Kati Ward, campaign manager for Fair Anchorage. “We need to make sure everyone knows – and particularly kids – that they are welcome and safe in Anchorage and in their school.”

Superintendent Bishop joins Anchorage Chief of Police Justin Doll in questioning how Proposition 1 would be enforced. At an Anchorage Assembly meeting last fall, Chief Doll responded to a question about Proposition 1, saying “I honestly don’t know how we would enforce something like that.”

Earlier this week, former Superintendent Carol Comeau announced her opposition to Prop 1, saying that passage of the initiative “would fail some of our most vulnerable students.” She joins a growing coalition of civic leaders and organizations, including the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, urging a “No” vote on Prop 1.

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