President Donald Trump is reportedly planning to remove guidance that helps provide non-discrimination protections for transgender students in the US education system as early as today.
‘The president has maintained for a long time that this is a states’ rights issue and not one for the federal government,’ White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said today when asked about a report that the Obama guidance would be withdrawn today.
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 National LGBTQ Task Force calls the plan to rescind the guidelines ‘shameful.’
‘Protecting those who are the most vulnerable in our education system should always be a top priority for any President of the United States and his cabinet,’ said Rea Carey, executive director of the task force.
‘Their jobs should be to ensure that all students regardless of race, religion, gender, socioeconomic background, sexual orientation or gender identity and expression, receive a top notch education.’
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.
The guidance was legally challenged last summer and the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Texas issued an injunction in August 2016.
The Trump administration announced on 10 February that it will not challenge the injunction.