Idaho Politicians Criticize Obama’s Transgender Directive
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Three of Idaho's top elected politicians are blasting the Obama administration directive that public schools must permit transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their chosen gender identity.
Republican Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter said Friday that the recent announcement was another example of federal government overreach and disregard for states' rights. Otter added that he didn't believe the directive would hold up to a legal challenge. Meanwhile, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra and Lt. Gov. Brad Little echoed Otter's criticisms. They both argued that important decisions should be left at the local level.
The U.S. departments of Education and Justice told states Friday that public schools must treat transgender students in a way that matches their identity, even if school records or identity documents list a different sex. The guidance doesn't impose new legal requirements, but clarifies expectations for districts receiving federal funds.