As this guidance does not have the force of law, you are not required to comply with this directive or make changes to your established actions and policies. The doctrine of "local control" is deeply rooted in our constitution and laws here in Georgia, and I am confident that you, as the superintendent of your district, along with your board of education and with counsel and support from your local board attorney, will continue to appropriately address concerns surrounding this complex and sensitive matter. I believe there are safety and privacy concerns associated with allowing students of different genders to use the same bathroom and locker rooms. For that reason, I do not believe a student of another gender should use a restroom or locker room alongside students of the opposite sex.
The Trump reversal sparked swift rebukes. “We all know that Donald Trump is a bully, but his attack on transgender children today is a new low,” said Rachel B. Tiven, CEO of Lambda Legal, the nation’s largest LGBT legal organization. “The U.S. Department of Education’s decision to withdraw guidance clarifying the rights of transgender students endangers the well-being and safety of children across the country."
“We will continue to fight for the rights and dignity of transgender youth, especially now that the Trump administration has decided to turn its back on them,” said American Civil Liberties Union LGBT Project Director James Esseks.