Ohio School District Sues Over Obama’s Transgender Directive

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – An Ohio school district accused of sex-based discrimination against a transgender student is suing the Obama administration over its directive that public schools let such students use bathrooms and locker rooms matching their gender identity.

Highland Local School District in Morrow County faces an unresolved civil rights complaint about the treatment of an elementary student who is biologically male but identifies as female.

The district’s lawsuit, filed Friday, says it made other accommodations for the child. It says allowing the student to use the girls’ restroom would jeopardize privacy rights of other students, but not doing so could cost the district $1 million a year in federal funding.

A message seeking comment was left Friday for the U.S. Department of Justice.

Eleven states have sued to challenge the directive.