How to make a ‘tough choice’ in VA education law

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NEW YORK — Lawmakers in the House and Senate are debating legislation that would ban the use of federal money for schools that refuse to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms and locker rooms corresponding to their gender identity.

Lawyers for a group of transgender students in Maryland filed a lawsuit Monday that would bar the state from issuing contracts to anyone who doesn’t allow transgender people to use their bathroom and locker room of their choice.

The lawsuit argues that schools can’t use federal funds to provide facilities that allow discrimination against transgender students.

“The school district that offers the program has no obligation to ensure that the students who will use the facility meet the same needs as other students who do not use the same restroom and locker space, nor do they have to accommodate them,” the lawyers wrote in a letter to Maryland’s Attorney General Brian Frosh.

We are very concerned about the proposed rule that would prohibit schools from providing facilities to allow students to enter the girls’ or boys’ restroom or locker room that correspond with their gender identities.

It would prevent schools from offering the same level of services to all students, and it would result in a loss of school funding for schools and students.