The Trump administration is reportedly at odds over a plans to rescind guidance that helps provide non-discrimination protections for transgender students in the US education system.
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has fought against dropping the guidance put in place by the Obama administration last year, according to The New York Times.
The letter dropping the guidance must be signed by the Department of Education and the Department of Justice which is headed by the anti-LGBTI Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
This forced President Donald Trump to weigh in and he sided with Sessions, according to The Times.
DeVos was reportedly faced with resigning in protest, defying Trump or going along with Sessions.
The official announcement was due Wednesday (22 February) but had not happened as of early evening because there are reportedly disputes over final language.
The release of detailed guidance by the Departments of Education and Justice came last May as the federal government sued the state of North Carolina for its law forcing trans students to use bathrooms matching the gender on their birth certificate.
The lawsuit and the new guidance pointed out that a school risks losing federal funding if it treats a trans student differently from the way it treats other students of the same gender identity.
The guidance provides clarity on the right of students to not be discriminated against, or bullied because of their gender identity.
It also covers the right to be addressed by the names and pronouns that correspond to their identity and using the bathroom matching their gender identity, among others.
DeVos reportedly is insisting that the letter rescinding the guidance include the line: ‘Schools must ensure that transgender students, like all students, are able to learn in a safe environment.’
DeVos was barely confirmed last month because Democrats felt she is not familiar with public schools or laws to protect students. DeVos’ family also has a long-standing history of supporting anti-LGBTI causes.
‘I fully embrace equality and I believe in the innate value of every single human being and that all students, no matter their age, should be able to attend a school and feel safe and be free of discrimination,’ she said during her confirmation hearing.