ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

AG: Obama lacks authority over transgender bathroom policy

PIERRE (AP) -- South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says President Obama doesn't have the authority to require schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity.

PIERRE (AP) - South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says President Obama doesn't have the authority to require schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity.

Jackley's statement came after the Obama administration issued a directive Friday over bathroom access for transgender students.

The guidance from leaders at the federal Education and Justice Departments says public schools must treat transgender students in a way that matches their gender identity, even if their education records or identity documents indicate a different gender.

Jackley says the administration's directive and threat of lawsuits and withholding of federal education funding "is not a proper approach." He says he's discussing action with other attorneys general.

The guidance doesn't impose new legal requirements, but clarifies expectations for districts receiving federal funds.

What To Read Next
Members Only
“In our industry there aren’t a lot of young people in it. I like the fact that there are a lot of young people in agriculture here,” he said of the Mitchell area.
Members Only
After the departure of longtime superintendent Marje Kaiser and the hiring of Dan Trefz, who recently resigned, advocates say the specialty school needs help from lawmakers to reach its past heights.
Over the past year, the city has been mulling over bringing a secondary water source to Mitchell – a move Mayor Bob Everson said is aimed at positioning the city to grow.
At issue was the attendance at a legislative conference in Hawaii last December by Spencer Gosch and Jamie Smith.