Obama to Public Schools: Allow Transgender Students Access to Bathrooms

Schools that don't comply won't receive federal funds.
1:03 | 05/13/16

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Transcript for Obama to Public Schools: Allow Transgender Students Access to Bathrooms
The change expected for the white house about transgender rights in the bathrooms of the nation's public schools and ABC's Pierre Thomas is following the story for us in Washington this morning and, Pierre, what is the administration to say? They're issuing a ler warning public schools across the country they should not discriminate against transgender children and be allowed to go to the rest room and locker room of the gender they identify with and sets the stage for a cultural debate with some civil rights leaders saying the rights of transgendered people must be respected and protected and with critics claiming that the Obama administration is strong-arming local communities and issues like this should be left to the states. How does the administration enforce it? Simply a recommendation or are there penalties? Reporter: They do not have the force of law, simply recommendations but there is a looming threat that the administration can seek to strip federal funding from states that don't comply. Robin, an intense debate is coming. That is fairly certain. Let's engage. Donald Trump, thanks for joining

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