Wyoming Governor resists Obama Administration's 'flawed' transgender guidelines

(Wyoming) - Gov. Matt Mead issued a statement today in response to last week's release from the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice on guidance for schools to ensure civil rights of transgender students , May 16. The two agencies informed school districts how they will determine whether schools receiving federal funds are complying with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs. “The threat of losing federal funds does not sit well with us in Wyoming. Education is rightly controlled by our local school districts and they deal everyday with matters that affect student safety and privacy,” said Governor Mead. “I have confidence Wyoming schools will find a way forward that is respectful of all students. The Administration’s letter, which is flawed, includes deeply divisive analysis and policy guidance that is not helpful. We will continue to honor local control and we will resist this latest action by the Administration.” Wyoming Superintendent Jillian Balow also released a statement on civil rights of transgender students stating, "I don't believe it is appropriate for federal bureaucrats to tell our education professionals how to handle these sensitive situations." The guidance, which is available to read in full here , states that schools have an obligation to: - Respond promptly and effectively to sex-based harassment of all students, including harassment based on a student's actual or perceived gender identity, transgender status, or gender transition; - Treat students consistent with their gender identity even if their school records or identification documents indicate a different sex; - Allow students to participate in sex-segregated activities and access sex-segregated facilities consistent with their gender identity; and - Protect students' privacy related to their transgender status under Title IX and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. #shortgo #news #buckrail #dally #county10 #county17 #reboot #oilcity #springcity