President Trump is preparing to revoke controversial transgender bathroom policies instituted by the Obama administration.
‘He, she, and ze’ will be not be happy. The Trump administration is set to revoke President Obama’s controversial transgender bathroom rules.In yet another leak, a draft of a letter to the nation’s schools obtained by The Washington Post, administration officials plan to say they are withdrawing guidance issued by the Obama administration that found that denying transgender students the right to use the bathroom of their choice violates federal prohibitions against sex discrimination.
“This interpretation has given rise to significant litigation,” states the two-page draft, which indicates that the Education and Justice departments plan to issue it jointly. The draft says administrators, parents and students have “struggled to understand and apply the statements of policy” in the Obama-era guidance.
As a result, the departments “have decided to withdraw and rescind the above-referenced guidance documents in order to further consider the legal issues involved.”
The letter makes clear that schools must protect all students and that the withdrawal of the guidance “does not diminish the protections from bullying and harassment that are available to all students. Schools must ensure that transgender students, like all students, are able to learn in a safe environment.”
A final version of the letter is slated to be issued Wednesday, according to a Republican operative with knowledge of the conversations within the Trump administration on the issue. The administration is expected to release the letter despite objections from Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who did not want to rescind the guidance, the operative said. Officials with the Education and Justice departments did not immediately respond to requests for comment late Tuesday night.
Notably, Betsy DeVos, the new education secretary, wanted to keep Obama’s guidance intact, according to WaPo’s sources.
Without federal guidance, the issue will be resolved on a state-by-state basis, as White House spokesperson Sean Spicer most recently confirmed…
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