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Local Schools Will Wait On Guidance From State Re: Obama Directive

Bremen City Schools Superintendent David Hicks said he is not sure how his office will respond to a directive from the Obama administration that urged every public school district in the country to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms that match their gender identity.

President Obama defended the decree on Monday, stating “I think that it is part of our obligation as a society to make sure that everybody is treated fairly, and our kids are all loved, and that they’re protected and that their dignity is affirmed.”

Hicks on Monday said he is waiting for some guidance from the state regarding the directive.

“We are hoping for some state guidance— we are hoping for some intervention from the governor that will guide us in the direction of how to deal with this issue,” Hicks told WLBB Radio. “I certainly understand parents’ concern on both sides of the issue but this certainly is problematic in a practical sense for a school and how you deal with that.”

Along with the directive on Friday came the threat that schools that do not abide by the Obama administration’s interpretation of the law could face lawsuits or a loss of federal aid.

“For us, that is about $800,000— not including the school food subsidies that we receive,” he explained. “Like a lot of schools, we are a little taken aback. A lot of people like myself believe that education is primarily a state function— the constitution says as much. Of course we receive federal dollars and we certainly have guidelines that we have to follow but in my opinion this is an overreach by the president and I think could be argued it is outside his authority to do so, but that remains to be seen.”

President Obama said guidance with this matter issued by the education and justice departments represented “our best judgment” on how to help schools wrestling with this issue.

 
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