"At my direction, the department's Office for Civil Rights remains committed to investigating all claims of discrimination, bullying and harassment against those who are most vulnerable in our schools". These rules, issued in May by the Obama Administration, interpreted Title IX as applying to gender identity, rather than merely biological sex. But he later said that the Obama-era guidance, even though it was not legally binding, was an example of federal overreach - and he vowed to undo it if elected. "Revoking the clarified protections for transgender students sends a message that they are not worthy of this promise".
President Trump has scrapped protections for transgender students that had allowed them to use bathrooms matching their gender identity.
"As President Trump has clearly stated, he believes policy regarding transgender bathrooms should be decided at the state level..."
This latest action to limit civil rights by President Trump and co. should come as no surprise as, during his highly divisive campaign, Trump wavered on where he stood on the issue.
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New Jersey has not issued specific guidance to schools on how to accommodate transgender students, but several other states have. "Gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation are all protected under the university's Non-Discrimination Policy", the statement reads.
New Jersey's largest teacher's union is calling for the state's Department of Education to keep protections for transgender students in place despite the Trump administration withdrawing Obama-era federal guidance that was issued previous year. All eight elementary schools in the district offer transgender students the option of a neutral gender bathroom, or one of their choosing.
"In addition, the Departments believe that ... there must be due regard for the primary role of the States and local school districts in establishing education policy", the letter added.