Department of Education will reject transgender bathroom complaints

Department of Education will reject transgender bathroom complaints

However, advocates worry that the administration's position will send a message to schools without clear policies that they should bar transgender students from bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity.

The administration's position was that Title IX, the federal law that bans sex discrimination in schools, protects transgender students.

Catherine Lhamon, who oversaw the Education Department's Office of Civil Right under President Obama, told Buzzfeed the new interpretation "represents an appalling abdication of federal enforcement responsibility, inconsistent with the law and with courts' interpretation of the law, and totally lacking in human compassion for children in school, whom the Department is charged to protect".

It remained unclear what the official stance was until the Education Department confirmed it did not consider the bathroom issue protected under Title IX, Buzzfeed reported.

"Do transgender boys or girls have the right to use the restroom at school that corresponds with their gender identity?". The Education Department is proposing to freeze the maximum Pell award to low-income students at $5,920, a ceiling that might remain in place for the foreseeable future without any directive to adjust the award to inflation.

In February of past year, both the Department of Justice and the Education Department rescinded bathroom guidance issued during the Obama administration.

The spokeswoman said that the Office of Civil Rights may choose to investigate other instances of harassment or discrimination that unfairly target transgender students, but that "long-standing regulations provide that separating facilities on the basis of sex is not a form of discrimination prohibited by Title IX".

- Reorganizing the department, including consolidating the Office of Postsecondary Education and the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education, a move that underscores the Trump administration's focus on transforming postsecondary education into career training.

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But shortly after Trump took office previous year, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded the guidance, a move that was widely decried by civil rights groups who said it could endanger the welfare of transgender students.

If a school discriminates against trans students by refusing them access to restrooms that reflect their gender identity, the students will no longer have the protection of the government.

Barack Obama expanded a four-decade-old congressionally approved ban on discrimination based on "sex" to include discrimination based on "gender identity".

"The president's budget request expands education freedom for America's families while protecting our nation's most vulnerable students", Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said Monday.

The 7th Circuit said in May 2017 that a "policy that requires an individual to use a bathroom that does not conform with his or her gender identity punishes that individual for his or her gender non‐conformance, which in turn violates Title IX".

Nearly as soon as Trump was inaugurated, his education secretary, Betsy DeVos, rolled back Obama's instructions to public schools.

"Once again, ' Warbelow continued, Secretary DeVos proves a lack of interest "in protecting transgender students" and instead wants 'to advance the unsafe Trump-Pence anti-LGBTQ agenda".

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