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Obama administration tells schools to do the 'right thing' on bathrooms for transgender students

Obama administration tells schools to do the 'right thing' on bathrooms for transgender students

The Obama administration is directing public schools across the country to let transgender students use bathrooms that match their gender identity, a move that will expand nationally the argument over North Carolina's controversial bathroom law. 

The letter going out Friday from officials of the Education and Justice departments sets out the agencies' view of what schools need to do under current federal law to provide an environment for students free of discrimination.

The letter, first reported by the New York Times, carries no specific threat for schools that do not comply. But the threat is implicit because violations of federal...

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