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In the latest move by the Obama administration issued on Friday, public schools would need to allow “transgender students to use bathrooms marching their gender identity,” CNN reported. Departments of Education and Justice delivered guidelines for schools that “transgender students enjoy a supportive and nondiscriminatory school environment.”
The letter administration sent to the schools is not a law, but, as CNN comments, the failing to introduce the guidelines could mean loosing of the federal funding. But the White House sees no pressure or threat to the schools. “It is a framework for dealing with this challenge,” the White House Josh Earnest responded on Friday upon question of CBS Radio White House correspondent Mark Knoller if the guidance means threat to the schools who receives federal funding.
This policy created by the administration is in the time of the polarized debate about “transgender rights in schools and public life,” especially the situation in North Carolina with House Bill 2. Both departments clearly stated that under Title IX of the federal anti-discrimination law in education, “schools receiving federal funds may not discriminate based on a student’s sex, including a student’s transgender status,” CNN reports.
That guidance, which moves beyond the bathroom issue, privacy rights, education records and guaranteeing transgender students the right to choose.
“There is no room in our schools for discrimination of any kind, including discrimination against transgender students on the basis of their sex,” Attorney General Loretta Lynch said, as CNN tells.
The Department of Education explained the guidance. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. explained the letter protect the gender identity.
“This guidance further clarifies what we’ve said repeatedly — that gender identity is protected under Title IX,” he said,” CNN writes.
Obama’s administration defended in all fields the letter on Friday, which came upon requests of the school’s administrators. The White House press secretary Josh Earnest said on Friday that it does not sounds like a practical idea to check someone’s gender identity on the way toward bathroom.
“What administration is doing is to provide practical real-world advise they can use in their school communities to address this challenge.” Earnest explained.
The measure will let the students who are feeling transgender to use bathrooms, locker rooms and other facilities according to their gender identity. The guidance says the schools cannot requests of the students to produce a birth certificate in support of their gender. In addition, a school could provide gender-separated facilities and allow transgender students use of them, or could make individual stalls, also available for all.