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.
The U.S. Department of Justice says North Carolina will risk losing federal school funding if it implements a new law that restricts transgender students' restroom access. Meanwhile, Illinois families sued the Obama administration over its position on the issue.
Continuing long trend lines, fewer students report fearing harm at school, and rates of school-based victimization have also declined, the most recent federal data show.
The Horry County, S.C., district reversed its policy on transgender restroom access after a student who was suspended for using the boys' restroom threatened to sue.