UPDATE, FCPS, KY Senate Pres. address transgender bathroom directive

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Courtesy: MGN Online

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Fayette County Public Schools has released a statement regarding President Obama’s recent remarks on transgender use of bathrooms in public schools.  According to the District Spokeswoman, FCPS is already in compliance with the President’s directive.

Their statement, in full, reads as follows:

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“Fayette County Public Schools is committed to providing a safe and supportive environment that meets the educational, social, emotional, and privacy needs of all individuals learning and working in our facilities. Our school district does and will continue to comply with local, state and federal laws. We have always worked in close partnership with students and families on this issue and we will continue to do what is right and ensure that all students feel welcome and respected in our schools.”

Meanwhile, Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers has also weighed in on the issue, saying, “With complete disregard for the Tenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, President Barack Obama on Friday directed every school in the nation to provide access to transgender bathrooms, threatening to take federal funding away from any school that does not comply.  This is yet another example of indefensible overreach by President Obama, illustrating just how out of touch his administration has been with the values of Kentucky families. I firmly believe that this should be a local issue and I am prepared to fight for the safety of our students in Kentucky.

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2:56 p.m.

Governor Matt Bevin has released a statement regarding President Obama’s proposed bathroom rules for public schools, saying that the “federal government has no authority to interfere in local school districts’ bathroom policies.”

Governor Bevin continues, “The President is not promoting unity. In fact, he is doing quite the opposite. He is intentionally dividing America by threatening to sue or withhold funding from our cash-strapped public schools if they do not agree with his personal opinion on policies that remain squarely in their jurisdiction.”

According to the release, Bevin’s administration is researching available options to ensure that the final decision on bathroom policies in public schools is decided in-state.