Philadelphia adopts sweeping transgender student policy

PHILADELPHIA — The governing body of Philadelphia public schools has adopted a new policy that would allow transgender students to use restrooms and join groups — including athletic teams — that correspond with their gender identity.

The Philadelphia School Reform Commission adopted the new policy Thursday night.

It also allows students to be referred to by a pronoun of their choosing, including on official school documents like rosters and report cards. Students can also wear clothes that are consistent with their gender identity.

Superintendent William Hite Jr. praised the move saying the policy will ensure all students are treated fairly.

The Obama administration last month called for all public schools to allow transgender students to use restrooms of their choice.