NJ Bill: AG Defends Schools Against Obama Transgender Mandate

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by Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th.  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  July 28, 2016   

Protecting public schools "when the government threatens to take away federal funding"

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TRENTON, N.J. (ChurchMilitant.com) - A recent bill in New Jersey empowers the state's Attorney General (AG) to defend schools against Obama's transgender bathroom mandate.

Bill A3976 says that the state's AG will assist public schools when the federal government threatens to withhold funding over the transgender bathroom issue. "The Attorney General shall provide assistance to any school district or charter school in a legal proceeding directly related to an action by the federal government to reduce or eliminate federal aid to the school district or charter school in response to alleged noncompliance."

The bill, now pending before New Jersey's Assembly Education Committee, makes clear the "noncompliance" issue is in regards to the "Dear Colleague Letter on Transgender Students issued by the United States 28 Department of Justice and the United States Department of 29 Education on May 13, 2016."

The two federal departments, in their letter regarding sex discrimination under Title IX of the federal Civil Rights Act, interpret "sex" no longer as "biological sex" but as "gender identity." The new federal guidelines unveiled in May hold that schools that prohibit transgender students access to bathrooms, showers or locker rooms contrary to their "gender identity" are in violation of sex discrimination described in Title IX legislation and are thus no longer eligible to receive federal funding.

Ronald Dancer, the Republican legislator who introduced the bill, remarked in a press release, "This legislation will not only further New Jersey's public policy on protecting all students against discrimination, but at the same time, recognize and protect the privacy rights of all students as well."

Dancer said this bill will allow the AG's office to prevent schools from losing funding if they don't follow Obama's Title IX interpretation, provided the school meets New Jersey's Law Against Discrimination.

Dancer further noted, "We are witnessing an unprecedented overreach by the federal government. Schools in New Jersey have educated students of all races, religions and genders, without discrimination, for decades."


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