Obama sends transgender letter to schools, Texas fights back
The Obama Administration has sent a letter to every public school district in the U.S. to demand officials allow transgender students to use the bathroom of their choice.
TRUNEWS has obtained the letter, which cites Title IX. In order to receive federal funds, schools must adhere to the policy.
It reads, in part:
“As a condition of receiving Federal funds, a school agrees that it will not exclude, separate, deny benefits to, or otherwise treat differently on the basis of sex any person in its educational programs or activities unless expressly authorized to do so under Title IX or its implementing regulations.”
Students to not have to obtain records to prove their gender identity. They must only “assert” a gender identity that differs from previous representations or records, according to the letter.
Schools may have single-user bathrooms, but may not force transgender students to use it. All other students may also use the single-user restroom.
It was signed by Vanita Gupta from the U.S. Department of Justice and Catherine E. Lhamon from the U.S. Department of Education.
The state of Texas is already fighting back. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick talked to NBC 5.
“This will be the beginning of the end of the public school system as we know it,” he said. “President Obama, in the dark of the night – without consulting Congress, without consulting educators, without consulting parents – decides to issue an executive order, like this superintendent, forcing transgender policies on schools and on parents who clearly don’t want it.”
Earlier this week, Patrick called upon the superintendent of the Fort Worth Independent School District to resign over the issue, as reported by TRUNEWS.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton claimed the policies may be a violation of the Texas education code.
Gov. Greg Abbott will announce soon the steps his state will take in regard to the issue.
Others around Texas agree with Abbott. Rodney Canvass told 12News near Port Neches-Groves that he will not comply.
“That letter is going straight to the paper shredder,” he said.
Read more at http://www.trunews.com/obama-sends-transgender-letter-to-schools-texas-fights-back/#MbCBiaStUHwIbYsQ.99
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