|SALT LAKE CITY August 22, 2016 – Attorney General Sean D. Reyes issued the following statement regarding the Northern District of Texas’ preliminary injunction against enforcement of the Department of Education’s Guidance Letter:
“We support the District Court’s decision and understand it is a temporary measure while the case is heard fully. One of the primary roles of our office is to protect citizens, especially children. For years, local school boards, parents and students have worked together to provide safe accommodations for transgender students without interference from federal mandates that cause more confusion and less cooperation. We continue to support our state and local school boards and believe that they are in the best position to formulate public policy for students.
“We should note: this injunction does not prevent any school or district from following the “Dear Colleague” letter if they so choose. It merely limits the Department of Education from enforcing those mandates and defunding other desperately needed school programs until the judicial review process is complete.”
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