Ohio Schools Study Transgender Directive

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The Obama administration has given Ohio school leaders some summer homework with a new federal directive on transgender students and bathrooms in public schools.

Several school officials say they will study the directive issued Friday and seek legal advice, even if they are already in general compliance with the Education and Justice departments’ guidance that transgender students can use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identities.

Scott Inskeep is superintendent of Kettering City Schools in suburban Dayton. He says the district has been allowing transgender students to use the bathroom of their chosen identities on a case-by-case basis, but now will likely have to consider a more wide-ranging policy.

Spokeswoman Brittany Halpin says the Ohio Department of Education is reviewing the federal guidance.