Local Response to Transgender Bathroom Requirement

45764015_xlAs the debate rages with transgender restroom requirements in the schools across the nation, local officials have started to weigh in on the discussion.  Governor Matt Bevin issued this response on his official Facebook page on Friday:

It is difficult to imagine a more absurd federal overreach into a local issue. Under the Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, the federal government has no authority to interfere in local school districts’ bathroom policies.

The President is not promoting unity. In fact, he is doing quite the opposite. He is intentionally dividing America by threatening to sue or withhold funding from our cash-strapped public schools if they do not agree with his personal opinion on policies that remain squarely in their jurisdiction. They should not feel compelled to bow to such intimidation.

My administration is researching the options available for ensuring that this local issue is decided by Kentuckians, not by bureaucrats in Washington.

On a more local level, Anderson County Schools are watching how the debate continues through the federal and state governments.  Superintendent Sheila Mitchell wrote this statement today:

I have received phone calls and emails regarding the President’s release on Friday.  Anderson County Schools are expected to educate all students, do what is best for our children and ensure their safety.

I was surprised to see federal funding tied to President Obama’s release. Since federal funds are distributed to local schools through the state department of education, we are waiting to receive guidance.  We will work to find an appropriate balance for our student population to ensure their safety, uphold our community values and be fair to all.

Safety of all children continues to be our number one priority.  In order to make the best decisions we can for our children we will consult with board attorney Bob Chenoweth and wait for guidance from Kentucky Department of Education as will the Governor’s Office.

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