The school officials spoke in reaction to the Trump administration's February 22 announcement rescinding a directive by the Obama administration that under Title IX, schools are required to permit transgender students to use bathrooms and facilities that correspond to their gender identity.
The five-page guidance stated, "Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and its implementing regulations prohibit sex discrimination in educational programs and activities operated by recipients of federal financial assistance".
The White House announced February 21 it was withdrawing Obama's May 2016 "guidance" edict ordering USA schools to allow gender-confused boys to use girls' restrooms, locker rooms and overnight accommodations, and vice versa, or risk losing federal funding.
The invalidation of Obama's guidelines was based on the premise that it lacked "extensive legal analysis" on how these policies were consistent with Title IX and referenced the national injunction won by Paxton.
"This interpretation has given rise to significant litigation regarding school restrooms and locker rooms", read a portion of the Trump administration's letter. It was issued on May 13, 2016, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued a nationwide injunction to halt enforcement of the order in August 2016 that has not been overturned, Cole said. It did not explain how or why such rights of other District parents are to take precedence over the same rights of Plaintiffs' parents, who very much desire that Plaintiffs use restrooms conforming to their gender identities. Secretary DeVos failed in her obligation to keep the students that she is responsible for safe. "Notwithstanding the Trump Administration's misguided and cruel actions last week, the court today found that the school's policy barring transgender students from the restroom that matches who they are violates the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution".
And the effect of Mr. Trump's decision should be minimal in Delaware.
State Department of Education spokeswoman Casey Smith said "the department does not collect data" on how many school districts in the state have passed transgender rights policies.
He said all students have been satisfied with the approach so far. "This has, and will continue to be, the practice of the district".
Juliet and two other students went up against their school board, and a federal judge has ruled in their favor.
The guidance said that students must be treated as their preferred genders, as opposed to the genders they were assigned at birth.
"We will consult with our solicitor to get direction on what our options are after he reviews the cases and what recommendations the PSBA gives us", he said.
President Trump reversed former President Barack Obama's transgender bathroom order last week. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a controversial figure who has previously been criticized for his poor record on civil rights issues, has proudly supported the revocation of transgender protections in schools. "The politicization of significant human development decisions is not in the best interest of any of our students or their loving families".
Lawyers for the school board did not immediately respond to a request for comment. "There is well-documented evidence that it is detrimental to the psychological and physical [health] and education of transgender students when they are not allowed to fully live as themselves".