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The state plans to keep its promises to transgender students, says California schools chief

State Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. (Andrew Seng / Associated Press)
State Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. (Andrew Seng / Associated Press)

With news that the Trump administration is rolling back former President Obama's guidance on protecting transgender students, State Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson is reminding California students of their rights .

"California students will continue to have their civil rights protected," he said in a statement Wednesday. "California will continue to work to provide that environment for our lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students regardless of any misguided directives by the federal government and the Trump administration."

This post was updated to include news of the guidance.

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