Obama Administration Bathroom Policy Blocked by Federal Judge
For some reason the Obama Administration thought it would be a good idea to let school students to use whatever bathroom and locker room they choose. This means that boys that “identify” as girls can use the girls’ facilities and vice versa. Anyone with a little common sense can clearly see what a bad decision and policy this is.
Texas, along with 12 other states agreed that such a decision is not safe for students. So a challenge to the mandate began as greater public outcry against the mandate continued. U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor agreed with the challenge and blocked the mandate saying the Obama Administration did not follow the law in issuing the mandate. Specifically, the judge said the Obama Administration failed to give adequate notice of the impending law and allow for a comment period.
That means that for now, the mandate is blocked while the challenge moves forward.
Besides Texas, the other states taking part in the challenge are: Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
And other states are starting a separate campaign to permanently kill the bathroom policy. Those states are: Arkansas, Kansas, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Wyoming.
This means that roughly half of all states in the country oppose the new bathroom policy.
Texas Attorney General ken Paxton, leading the challenge to the bathroom policy, said of the decision to block the mandate:
“We are pleased that the court ruled against the Obama Administration’s latest illegal federal overreach…This President is attempting to rewrite the laws enacted by the elected representatives of the people, and is threatening to take away federal funding from schools to force them to conform. That cannot be allowed to continue, which is why we took action to protect States and School Districts, who are charged under state law to establish a safe and disciplined environment conducive to student learning.”
Schools should not be forced to choose between receiving federal funding and protecting students’ privacy. The Obama Administration wants to force schools to make that choice. For now they will be protected from this terrible policy by the judge’s order to block the mandate. But the case is not over and should concern every parent with a child in a public school.