The report, which caps a two-year investigation, found that Township High School District 211 in Palatine, Ill., unfairly denied the transgender teenager — who was undergoing hormone therapy but had not undergone gender reassignment surgery — access to school facilities in violation of Title IX, that bars discrimination in federally funded education programs, causing her “isolation,” “ostracism” and at least one “tearful breakdown.” “The denial of access has also meant that, in order to satisfy her graduation requirements and receive a high school diploma, Student A has had no other option but to accept being treated differently than other students by the District,” according to the 14-page report from the U. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR).
And increasingly, the federal government is stepping in to provide an answer: Schools must give trans students full locker room access. On Monday, the Obama administration again weighed in on the issue with the release of a report slamming a suburban Chicago public school district for not providing a transgender student with access to the girls’ locker rooms.
But unlike our previous hidden camera operations, where after leaving the house some men were able to make a run for it, this time things will be different. It was almost two years ago when Dateline conducted its first investigation into online predators. In two different investigations, in two different states, dozens of men showed up at our undercover houses after chatting about sex online and then making a date with a minor.
One man who sent obscene video of himself to someone posing as a 13-year-old was a New York City firefighter whom we then confronted. He was not happy when he found out he would be exposed on national television.
But district officials did not back down on Monday, insisting that they “remain strong in our belief that the District’s course of action …
appropriately serves the dignity and privacy of all students in our educational environment.”  The school district standoff in Illinois comes at a time of nationwide debate over the rights of transgender individuals. states — including Illinois — now prohibit discrimination against transgender people, with scores of cities following suit.