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Transgender Students Worry About Being Outed

North Carolina’s transgender students are worried that their privacy and safety are being put at risk as schools switch to teaching students online during the coronavirus pandemic.

North Carolina’s public schools use a version of the PowerSchool student information system that lists the student’s legal name and gender instead of the preferred name and gender identity. LGBTQ advocates say the PowerSchool data is now being used for online learning programs, resulting in some transgender students being outed to their classmates without their consent.

On Thursday, more than 300 students educators, administrators, parents, and students sent a letter to State Superintendent Mark Johnson urging him to direct the N.C. Department of Public Instruction to update PowerSchool. They want changes that would allow transgender students to list their preferred name and gender identity.

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