Trump Administration Revokes Guidelines Aimed at Protecting Transgender Students
- Author: Zachary Reyes Feb 25, 2017,
Feb 25, 2017, 6:04
Obama administration's guidelines were aimed to explain that transgender students have got specific protections under Title IX, a federal law that bars gender discrimination in American schools.
Mr Trump's decision puts his administration - which has endured a turbulent first month in office - on a collision course with LGBT and human rights groups.
During his presidential campaign, Mr Trump said transgender students should be allowed to use whichever bathroom "they feel is appropriate".
Jackie has a transgender sister, who, along with several other students, has filed a lawsuit against the Pine Richland School District, over its restroom policy.
Last May, the Obama administration released guidelines making clear that schools can not discriminate on the basis of a student's gender identity, which is barred under Title IX's prohibition on sex discrimination.
The Justice Department and Education Department will soon issue new guidance to local school districts rescinding the nonsensical Obama position.
Sessions wrote that the Department of Justice remains committed to the "proper interpretation" of the anti-discrimination law known as Title IX but said deference should be given to lawmakers and localities.
The two-page memo to schools states that the Trump administration will not rely on the previously established guidelines regarding transgender rights and that more legal analysis is necessary. Juliet Evancho said they hoped to "enlighten" the president.
The New York Timeshas the likely (and very unexpected) answer: Trump's Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, fought vigorously against it.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said on Tuesday (21 February) that Trump's "view has been for a long time that this is not something the federal government should be involved in".
Florida State University's President John Thrasher released a statement Friday addressing the issue.