Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Transgender Students Get $20K Apiece from District Pine-Richland Settled with Trio Last Week

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Transgender Students Get $20K Apiece from District Pine-Richland Settled with Trio Last Week

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The Pine-Richland School District paid three transgender students thousands of dollars as part of a lawsuit settlement finalized last week.

Elissa Ridenour, Juliet Evancho and a third, unidentified student each received $20,000. The district also will pay $75,000 to help cover the costs of their attorney fees after they sued the school district last year over a discriminatory bathroom policy.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette acquired the settlement information through a Right-to-Know request.

The amount, which will be covered by the district's insurance carrier, was agreed upon by both parties, according to the school district.

As part of the agreement, the Pine-Richland school board voted July 17 to rescind the policy. The district also agreed to update its nondiscrimination policy to include gender identity. …

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