Alaska schools can make own rules on transgender athletes

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's governing body for high school activities says it's leaving it up to schools to decide which teams transgender students can compete on.

    Posted Friday, May 6th, 2016 4:40am by Lance David

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's governing body for high school activities says it's leaving it up to schools to decide which teams transgender students can compete on.

    The Alaska Dispatch News reports Executive Director Billy Strickland of the Alaska School Activities Association says the organization won't make gender-identity determinations for schools. It also won't hear appeals from those who object to a school's decision on whether to allow students to play on teams based on the gender they identify with rather than their biological sex.

    For schools that don't have their own guidelines, Strickland says students can only compete on teams based on their gender assigned at birth.

    The association's board of directors adopted a transgender policy last week that says gender determination will remain in effect throughout a student's high school career.

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