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Pine-Richland transgender students can use bathroom of choice, federal judge rules

Pine-Richland transgender students can use bathroom of choice, federal judge rules

On Wednesday, Trump rescinded rules allowing transgender students access to bathrooms in line with their gender identity, prompting a strong response from advocates.

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

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 teens, all of them seniors in the Pine-Richland School District of Pennsylvania, had been allowed access to the restroom of their choice until last year, according toThe Daily Beast, without incident.One year ago, the parent of a student reportedly complained, and the district superintendent chose to formally address the issue.

Juliet and two other students went up against their school board, and a federal judge has ruled in their favor.

The district's change in policy violates both the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment as well as Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, according to the allegations in the complaint.

Tom Kopp, superintendent of Keshequa Central School, echoed Cole's comments "as representative of Keshequa's position".

After previously allowing the students to use their desired restrooms, the Pine-Richland school board voted 5-4 to pass the restroom policy in 2016, responding to fears expressed in public meetings "that a student would in essence masquerade as being transgender, and would then use a designated student restroom inconsistent with their assigned sex", the judge wrote. And for decades, it has prohibited gender-based discrimination at penalty of losing all federal funding.

"We will continue to work with our students and families who request special accommodations for a variety of reasons", he said.

"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 U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit concluded that the term "sex" in the regulations is ambiguous and deferred to what the court characterized as the "novel" interpretation advanced in the guidance".

New Jersey law protects people from discrimination based on gender identity, and advocates for transgender men and women believe that applies to access to bathrooms of their choosing.

"Federal civil rights laws like Title IX are not a "states" issue - transgender students have the same right to safety and dignity no matter what state they live in", the ELC said. We condemn the current administration's move to draw students in the public education system into a political dogfight over transgender rights. The mandate required transgender students either to use bathrooms and locker rooms that match their biological sex, or to use a separate unisex facility. That issue will be central on March 28 when the U.S. Supreme Court hears the case of Gavin Grimm, a transgender student in Virginia.

We're a country that's deeply divided, with many dubious of Trump's radical decisions.

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