State Superintendent reverses decision on transgender bathroom p - - Jackson, MS

State Superintendent reverses decision on transgender bathroom policy

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

On Friday, the federal government issued a directive that said that public schools must allow transgender students access to bathrooms consistent with their gender identity.

The backlash in Mississippi started with Governor Phil Bryant saying the state should disregard the federal directive. 

The Mississippi Department of Education initially said it would adhere to the federal guidance.

Eleven representatives then sent a letter to state Superintendent Dr. Carey Wright on Tuesday. The letter said the policy is in direct opposition to the morals and values of Mississippians and asked Dr. Wright to either reverse the policy or step down.

On Wednesday, Dr. Wright released this statement:

"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."

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