Published: Fri, March 03, 2017
U.S. | By Vera Richards

Federal judge: Bathroom choice a decision for Pine-Richland transgender students

Federal judge: Bathroom choice a decision for Pine-Richland transgender students

The school officials spoke in reaction to the Trump administration's February 22 announcement rescinding a directive by the Obama administration that under Title IX, schools are required to permit transgender students to use bathrooms and facilities that correspond to their gender identity.

It appears that President Trump's decision to remove protections for students who are transgender may cause more harm to such students.

A federal judge on Monday ruled that three transgender students at a Pennsylvania high school can use bathrooms that correspond to their stated gender identities while their lawsuit challenging the school district's policy continues.

The Obama administration letter guiding schools on to how the Departments of Justice and Education would interpret federal nondiscrimination statutes under Title IX was released almost a month later.

The published guidance was based on best practices from school districts across the country that have policies addressing this issue, with the state of California being its leading model.

The others are Elissa Ridenour and a student identified only as A.S.

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Mr. President, why don't you think transgender students enjoy federal protection under Title IX. PDE "provides support and assistance to schools that request it".

Immediately after the May 2016 guidance was released, 11 states filed a lawsuit in the Northern District of Texas, alleging that the guidance had no basis in law and would negatively affect school district operations. "This prohibition encompasses discrimination based on a student's gender identity, including discrimination based on a student's transgender status".

"This issue was a very huge example of the Obama administration's overreach, a one-size-fits-all, top-down approach", DeVos said at the Conservative Political Action Conference, reaffirming her dedication to reallocating education deciding power down to the local level. The school district appealed the Fourth Circuit's ruling. "[T] he Plaintiffs have shown a reasonable likelihood of success on the merits of their claim that the District's enforcement of Resolution 2 as to their use of common school restrooms does not afford them equal protection of the law as guaranteed to them by the Fourteenth Amendment", Hornak wrote.

John Ellis, the school's counselor, said the withdrawal of the guidance will not change the school's operation at all. "There is well-documented evidence that it is detrimental to the psychological and physical [health] and education of transgender students when they are not allowed to fully live as themselves". A joint statement from the Justice and Education Department now says individual states can decide how to handle the issue in schools. Grimm has been represented by the ACLU in his case against the school district, and arguments will be heard in his case by the Supreme Court on March 28.

We're a country that's deeply divided, with many dubious of Trump's radical decisions. Despite the Trump Administration's recent stance against allowing transgender washroom rights to kids in schools, Juliet Evancho's win in court could mean trouble for Trump's transgender bathroom decree.

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