Tony Thurmond Looks to Expand Gender Neutral Bathrooms in Schools

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond announced the creation of a new committee Friday that will help the state expand gender neutral bathrooms in schools. The committee will be comprised of students, school staff, and organizations like Equality California. Sen. Connie Leyva (D-Chino) will co-chair the committee, which will make recommendations to the California Department of Education.

“We have to give our students all the support they need, including access to bathrooms they can use safely,” Superintendent Thurmond said in a press release. “I have been inspired by the students who have advocated on this issue and want to give students the opportunity to be a part of finding the solutions.”

The committee’s creation was prompted by a controversy in San Bernardino County. A Chino Valley Unified School District board member proposed a resolution that would exclude transgender students from using the bathroom of their choice. The board received a letter from the California Department of Education (CDE) and Thurmond warning that the proposal would violate the law. Leyva also attended the board meeting to publicly oppose the resolution. It ultimately failed 3-2.

Read more about the ad hoc committee here