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AL attorney general blasts school bathroom rules

Luther Strange (Source; WAFF File) Luther Strange (Source; WAFF File)

On Friday, the Obama administration announced their directive to schools on the transgender bathroom access issue and now the Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange has issued his response. 

Below is Attorney General Luther Strange's statement in response to allowing male students to use female bathrooms and locker rooms (and vice versa) or lose federal funding.

“The Obama Administration’s new guidance document is just one more example of the kind of federal overreach that we have come to expect from this White House. School bathroom use is an issue that should be decided by parents, teachers, and principals—not federal bureaucrats. The DOJ guidance document is also wrong on the law. Title IX allows schools to have separate facilities for separate sexes. The law says ‘sex,’ not gender identity. If the Obama Administration tries to enforce this absurd edict, I will work with other Attorneys General to challenge it.”

The guidance from leaders at the departments of Education and Justice says public schools are obligated to treat transgender students in a way that matches their gender identity, even if their education records or identity documents indicate a different sex.

"There is no room in our schools for discrimination of any kind, including discrimination against transgender students on the basis of their sex," Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in a statement accompanying the directive, which is being sent to school districts Friday.

Madison City Schools released a statement on the ordinance Friday.

“We will review the order and consult with our board, the state Department of Education and legal counsel to decide how to remain in compliance with all laws,” said Madison City Schools Superintendent Dr. Dee Fowler.

The guidance does not impose any new legal requirements. But officials say it's meant to clarify expectations of school districts that receive funding from the federal government. Educators have been seeking guidance on how to comply with Title IX, which prohibits sex discrimination in educational programs and activities that receive federal funding, Education Secretary John B. King said in a statement.

Huntsville City Schools also issued a statement Friday:

The district has just now received the joint guidance information from the U.S. Department of Education and Justice Department.  We will now begin the process of review and discussion with our legal counsel.  As always, we will do our best to comply with legal requirements and to create and sustain an inclusive, supportive, safe, and non-discriminatory environment for all of our students.

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