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Governor to MDE: 'Disregard' president's bathroom guidelines

Governor Phil Bryant. Photo Credit: AP Governor Phil Bryant. Photo Credit: AP
MISSISSIPPI (WDAM) -

Governor Phil Bryant released a statement Friday afternoon regarding the Obama Administration's directive on transgender bathroom guidelines.  He has also called on The Mississippi Department of Education to disregard the president's directive. 

His statement read: 

"The Mississippi Department of Education should disregard the so-called guidance the Obama administration has issued regarding public schools' restroom policies. The directive is nonbinding, and does not carry the force of laws. Because these decisions are better left to the state, and not made at the point of a federal bayonet, Mississippi's public schools should not participate in the president's social experiment." 

State and federal lawmakers have also pushed back on the directive, agreeing with the Governor. 

The Mississippi Department of Education has agreed to adhere to the guidance and issued the following statement: 

"A safe and caring school environment is critical to a student’s ability to learn and achieve. The Mississippi Department of Education will adhere to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, as well as the joint guidance issued today by the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice."

This guidance comes after the controversial North Carolina bathroom bill which is currently being legally challenged. 

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