Transgender school bathrooms still debated in Kansas town

DERBY, Kan. (AP) – A south-central Kansas school district is letting students use bathrooms matching their gender identity as a local task force explores the issue.

The Wichita Eagle reports the governing board of the Derby school system made that decision Monday.

The Obama administration in May directed public schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms matching their gender identity. Derby officials have said they’d comply.

The state’s education board has voted to ignore the directive, arguing local schools are best suited to decide how to handle issues transgender students face.

The matter in Derby hasn’t generated a consensus. Parents and others have formed Facebook groups and circulated petitions to either support the district’s decision or urge them to reconsider. During Monday’s meeting, people spoke on both sides of the issue.

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