On Friday, the Obama administration directed schools across the country to provide transgender students with access to suitable facilities which include restrooms and locker rooms, that match their chosen gender identity.
The San Angelo Independent School District released the following statement regarding the mandate:
“Thank you for the opportunity to clarify the school district’s position on the new federal directive on restroom access. I can assure you that the remaining nine days of school will be just like the previous nine days of school; we will continue to abide by the Texas Educator Code of Ethics, current and local policies of non-discrimination and ongoing practices to ensure that every child feels safe, loved, included and respected in our schools. Our school board and administration are aware of the federal directive which has been released regarding restroom access in public schools. We are looking into this situation and will be working with our students, parents, school attorneys, and the TASB (Texas Association of School Boards) to study this matter to make sure that students’ needs are met. As we have practiced the entire school year, we will continue to provide privacy options (such as the nurse’s restroom or available faculty restrooms) to any student to help ensure a safe environment for all.”
On the state level, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton released the following statement:
“Once again, the Obama Administration has overstepped its constitutional bounds to meddle in the affairs of state and local government. Today’s announcement seeking to unilaterally redefine and expand federal law must be challenged. If President Obama thinks he can bully Texas schools into allowing men to have open access to girls in bathrooms, he better prepare for yet another legal fight.”