Iowa Schools Facing Major Lawsuit Because Of Gender Support Plans

By Jessica Marie Baumgartner | Published

The Lin-Mar Community School District recently updated their Gender Support Plan. These updates allow students of the opposite biological sex to bunk together on overnight trips, use the bathrooms of their choice, and even help students from the 7th grade and up transition without parental consent. Students are to be addressed by their preferred pronouns, and can compete on sports teams based on their gender identity instead of biology. Now, the district is facing a massive lawsuit from parents who oppose these extremist practices.

According to Fox News, the current lawsuit has been filed in the Northern District of Iowa and contends that much of what the district is doing with its Gender Support Plans is meant to sidestep parental involvement. In their eyes, this is overreach by the schools and they are taking it to court to have the issue settled.

This is one of many cases where parents have sought legal action against school districts for overstepping their legal bounds. Lawsuits in Wisconsin, Florida, and California have been filed regarding parental rights, and school gender support plans — that allow students to transition without notifying parents. These cases display the growing distress between parents and public school districts.

Schools across the nation are facing unprecedented pressures to present theoretical ideologies to students instead of sticking with scientific and factual information. Even The Biden Administration has ordered the Department of Education to allocate funding based on the implementation of gender theory and racially-based education practices. Some districts have openly agreed and created Gender Support Plans regardless of parental concerns. 

Gender Support Plans and increased critical race theory teachings have caused a great divide between educators and the communities they serve. As taxpayers revoke support for these learning institutions, funding is being pulled and many districts are struggling to retain their accreditation. If the Lin-Mar Community School District truly wished to represent students, they would better serve families by welcoming parental support. 

This has led to a mass exodus from the public education system. While many expected school enrollment and attendance to return to pre-pandemic levels once schools resumed in-person learning without excessive mask mandates or forced COVID-19 vaccine requirements, families are less inclined to send their children to classes rife with political rhetoric and biased information.

Parents who wish to remain involved in their children’s educational process and guide them through life are shocked and appalled to find Gender Support Plans, like that of the Lin-Mar Community School District, which disregard mothers’ and fathers’ rights as legal guardians while taxpayer-funded school districts usurp legal responsibility for children they have no right to. 

Children are not allowed to buy alcohol, cigarettes, or get piercings or tattoos without parental consent, but somehow public school officials believe that they have the authority to make serious life-altering decisions for children who are not old enough to understand the full long-term effects of hormone therapy, gender surgery, or exploring their sexuality at a young age. Parents Defending Education is suing on that premise. They are working to end the current Gender Support Plan policies on the grounds that children are not able to properly make medical decisions without parental involvement. 

As it stands, many schools are ignoring parental rights and promoting gender theory. In order to ensure that their legal rights as parents are protected, mothers and fathers are banning together and suing districts that enforce extreme Gender Support Plans. How the courts rule is of great importance to everyone involved being that if parents are not properly informed about their children’s medical decisions, more families will leave the system and funding will continue to dwindle.