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BEVIN: Schools should disregard 'unlawful' transgender bathroom guidance from White House

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin is telling Kentucky school districts to ignore the transgender bathroom guidance from the White House.

Bevin joined other states in a lawsuit against the Obama administration, which tells schools across the country to allow students to use the bathroom of the gender with which they identify.

He calls the directive on how schools should accommodate transgender students a federal over-reach -- and today he suggested Kentucky schools dismiss it.

"We're not going to do it," Bevin said. "We're not going to be any party to that. And I encourage every single one of our administrators, every one of our principals, every one of our superintendents, disregard that unlawful suggestion until this has sorted itself out."

Bevin says joining the lawsuit has nothing to do with his personal beliefs on the transgender issue, but on the rule of law and the Constitution.

The guidance does not impose any new legal requirements. But officials say it's meant to clarify expectations of school districts that receive funding from the federal government. Educators have been seeking guidance on how to comply with Title IX, which prohibits sex discrimination in educational programs and activities that receive federal funding, Education Secretary John B. King said in a statement.

For its part, the Obama administration is standing behind its directive, according to an Associated Press story by Eric Tucker.

"There is no room in our schools for discrimination of any kind, including discrimination against transgender students on the basis of their sex," Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in a statement accompanying the directive, which is being sent to school districts earlier this month.

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