Northern California charter schools OK transgender books

ROCKLIN, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California school board voted unanimously to keep its literature policies following months of controversy over a book about a transgender child that a teacher read to a kindergarten class.

The Sacramento Bee reports the Rocklin Academy Family of Schools also adopted a provision to forewarn parents if a controversial topic will be discussed in class. The vote late Monday came during a packed meeting that included hours of emotional, often tearful, testimony.

The controversy began June 7 when a transgender student brought the children's book "I Am Jazz" and her teacher read it to her class. "I Am Jazz" is the story of a real-life transgender girl named Jazz Jennings.

It grew over the summer with some parents expressing concerns that they had no warning the book was going to be read and discussed.

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