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Due to recent reports surfacing about women being assaulted by men posing as “transgendered” in the women’s bathroom, President Donald Trump decided to roll back President Barack Obama’s transgender mandate to schools.
Both the departments of Education and Justice released a two-page letter on Wednesday evening commenting that the Obama administration’s interpretation of Title IX defining “sex” to include identified gender identity and forcing transgender students to use locker rooms and bathrooms of their choice failed to undergo formal public process prior to release.They concluded that since significant litigation regarding the usage of restrooms and locker rooms has arisen, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit decided that “sex” in the regulation is too ambiguous. The Department of Education and the Department of Justice have decided to withdraw and rescind the guidance documents so that they may properly examine the legal issues involved with such legislation.Withdrawal, however, does not remove protecting students from discrimination, bullying, or harassment. Schools are required to ensure that all students- no matter what their sexual preference or orientation- are able to thrive in the school environment. The Department of Education Office for Civil Rights will continue to hear cases of discrimination and will seek to protect all students in the classroom. The Departments of Justice and Education will explore the practical application of Title IX.
President Obama had previously threatened schools, districts, colleges, and universities with loss of federal funding if they failed to comply. The result was the almost one-half of all states joined in a lawsuit claiming federal overreach. It became one of the main outcries during the federal election in 2016.
Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos commented that all students should be protected and have the freedom to learn and thrive in a safe environment. She says that it is not just a federal responsibility, but a moral one that should be enforced.
The department will continue to investigate cases of discrimination, bullying, and harassment in schools. She feels strongly that all students should be protected- including LGBTQ- not only at a federal level but through every school nationwide.
Michelle Danko is the Executive Publisher for Faith Filled Family Magazine.
Michelle has a passion for seeing others live victoriously in Christ, and she doesn't just write about a life with God, but she lives it as well.
When Michelle isn't working on the magazine, she is spending time with her husband of almost fourteen years, and her four boys. Michelle enjoys homeschooling her sons, and volunteering in her church, Joy Fountain.