JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) — The State Superintendent of Education Dr. Carey Wright is asking the Mississippi Department of Education to take no action at this time in regards to the Obama Administration’s guidelines about transgender bathroom access in schools.
She released this statement Wednesday:
Pending a discussion with the Mississippi State Board of Education, I am instructing the Mississippi Department of Education to follow the lead of state leadership and take no action at this time regarding the non-regulatory guidance from the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education.
Last week, the Department of Justice released guidelines explaining that under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, schools receiving federal money may not discriminate based on a student’s sex, including a student’s transgender status.
Initially, The Department of Education released this statement about the issue:
A safe and caring school environment is critical to a student’s ability to learn and achieve. The Mississippi Department of Education will adhere to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, as well as the joint guidance issued today by the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice.