Republicans in Oklahoma's legislature proposed a bill that would protect students' rights to use restrooms apart from their transgender peers as a religious liberty issue, and they called for President Obama's impeachment over new federal guidance that schools should not limit transgender students' access to restrooms and locker rooms.
A bill approved by a House committee Wednesday would heighten restrictions for participation in community eligibility, a provision that allows high-poverty schools to serve free meals to all students.
Even before the Obama administration issued guidance on how schools should treat transgender students, many were working to accommodate them in areas like pronoun use and facilities access.
Texas is willing to forgo $10 billion in federal education funds as a result of refusing to comply with new federal guidance, which says schools must allow transgender students to use restrooms and locker rooms that align with their gender identity.
In a letter to the nation's school districts, the federal civil rights officials will tell public school leaders that they must allow transgender students to use the restrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity.
North Carolina students and parents argue in a federal lawsuit that the state's new law, which includes restrictions on which restrooms transgender students can use, does not violate federal civil rights laws. It's the third suit filed over the measure this week.
After federal and state officials filed dueling lawsuits over transgender student and employee restroom access, North Carolina Republicans are seeking assurances the state won't lose federal education funds over the dispute.
A committee assembled by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine found that tough penalties for bullying may dissuade victims from reporting it, and that the programs at the center of much bullying prevention research are only modestly effective.
Federal officials had warned North Carolina leaders that a new state law violates federal employment laws and Title IX by restricting which restrooms transgender students and employees can use. Gov. Pat McCrory sued over the assertion.
The rule has been pushed by some lawmakers, who've been concerned that a lack of regulation of e-cigarettes has led to increasing use by teens.