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Palatine school board settles last lawsuit on transgender facility access

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PALATINE — The school board of District 211 voted to settle a lawsuit over facility access for transgender students, ending an controversy lasting for more than four years.

The Daily Herald of Arlington Heights reported Friday that the board voted 5-2 to pay $150,000 to Nova Maday of Palatine and her lawyers at the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois to settle her 2017 state lawsuit claiming she was discriminated against when they restricted her use of the girls locker room at Palatine High School.

The board changed its policy in November, allowing trans students to the facilities of their gender identity. The district has also been sued by families opposed to allowing the students access.

From the Daily Herald:

District officials also released a statement addressing both the recent policy change and settlement of the lawsuit.

“The district felt that greater understanding of transgender identity had advanced for the better within our immediate communities and in society, and that it was time,” the statement reads. “Total legal costs for the combination of complaints (since 2015) fall slightly below $500,000. To spare further expense and use of resources, and since both parties endorse the policy that provides for the access sought in the original complaint, the district agreed to settle and resolve this legal dispute.”

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