U.S. Dept. of Education Issues "Dear Colleague Letter on Transgender Students"

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May 13, 2016 The U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights issued a "Dear Colleague Letter on Transgender Students." It is a reminder to all public schools, including charter public schools, that federal law requires them to allow students to use restrooms and locker rooms "consistent with their gender identity."

The Department of Education also emphasizes that requiring transgender students to use same-sex facilities violates Title IX, the 1972 law that prohibits discrimination based on sex.

It is important to note that in the State of California, AB 1266: Pupil rights: sex-segregated school programs and activities, has prohibited discrimination in schools on the basis of transgender since 2013.