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The school bathroom wars blew up Friday at the Texas Republican convention in Dallas. 

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The Obama administration on Friday issued guidelines to protect transgender students from discrimination. In a letter to school districts, the departments of education and justice said transgender students should be allowed to use bathrooms or locker rooms consistent with their gender identity. The announcement has been met with applause and anger.

From Texas Standard:

Friday morning the Obama administration issued a directive – what some on the right see as a decree – telling every public school district in the country to allow transgender students to use bathrooms that match their gender identity. If schools refuse to allow this, they could be in violation of the Civil Rights act of 1964.

The notice comes in the middle of a heated national debate over bathroom laws in public spaces, but it has no official force of law behind it. It amounts to what the New York Times calls an “implicit threat.”

Attached to the letter that went out to schools across the U.S., was a 25-page booklet of what are called emerging practices, or tips on how to comply.


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Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick made national headlines this week when he came to Fort Worth and said school superintendent Kent Scribner should resign. Scribner refused, and defended his decision to rework the district's rules for transgender students. Patrick, in Dallas for the state Republican convention, refuses to back down. On Thursday, he called Scribner "a dictator."

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Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick went to Fort Worth Tuesday to call for the resignation of school district Superintendent Kent Scribner. Fort Worth ISD recently passed a series of guidelines intended to help transgender students – including allowing them to have access to bathrooms based on their gender identity.

Fort Worth Superintendent Won't Resign Over Transgender Bathroom Policy

May 10, 2016
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The Fort Worth Independent School District superintendent said Tuesday he will not heed Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick's request for his resignation over the district's bathroom guidelines for transgender students.

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Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick wants the Fort Worth school superintendent to resign over transgender student policies, including a bathroom policy.

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The Rockwall City Council last night rejected the mayor’s controversial proposal that would have regulated bathroom use.

'Bathroom Bills' Pit Transgender Texans Against GOP

Apr 6, 2015
Todd Wiseman / Texas Tribune

The day Caomhán Ó Raghallaigh began living as a man in June 2012 — “the day I became myself,” he calls it — was a moment of immense personal liberation. 

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