Ky. Gov., Lakota schools respond to Obama’s transgender school bathroom directive

FOX19/AP - Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin is calling a federal directive about transgender bathrooms an "absurd federal overreach."

The Obama administration on Friday issued a directive requiring public schools to permit transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their chosen gender identity.

"My administration is researching the options available for ensuring that this local issue is decided by Kentuckians, not by bureaucrats in Washington," Bevin said in a statement released Friday afternoon.

The guidance does not impose any new legal requirements. But officials say it's meant to clarify expectations of school districts that receive funding from the federal government.

Under the guidance, schools are told that they must treat transgender students according to their chosen gender identity as soon as a parent or guardian notifies the district that that identity "differs from previous representations or records.

Lakota School district superintendent Dr. Karen Mantia said she plans to work with legal counsel to understand how the law will impact her schools.

She released the following statement:

"Lakota Local Schools follows all state and federal laws, guidelines and directives. With regard to transgender students, we will continue working closely with our legal counsel to understand how the new guidance from the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Education impacts our day-to-day work. Our staff will continue to collaborate with families and students on an individual basis in accordance with the law and with respect to student privacy."

Click here to read Gov. Matt Bevin's full statement.

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