MINOT, N.D. — It’s been nearly two months since Fargo Public Schools Superintendent Rupak Gandhi told his school board that he wouldn’t enforce the new gender and pronoun regulations North Dakota lawmakers passed earlier this year in the form of House Bill 1522.
He made that announcement on May 9, the date the bill became effective.
What have the consequences for Gandhi and the school district been? Precisely nothing.
You can argue — and I have — that it’s dangerous for public officials to pick and choose which laws they follow. It would be one thing if Gandhi or his school district challenged the law in court, and refused to enforce it until the matter had been adjudicated, but they’ve done no such thing.
Gandhi, with the approval of his board, is just ignoring it.