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Gov. Deal says he will 'protect children' from president's bathroom 'overreach'

(Source: Governor Nathan Deal/Twitter) (Source: Governor Nathan Deal/Twitter)

ATLANTA (WTVM) - Speaking for the first time since President Barack Obama issued a federal directive on the issue of transgender students and restrooms last week, Governor Nathan Deal issued a statement against the notice.

Deal's statement reads:

The Obama administration’s directive, recently announced by press release, to local school systems regarding accommodations for transgender students has generated confusion and controversy among parents, students and school officials.

While I do not believe this directive carries the force of law, the Departments of Justice and Education have threatened to revoke federal funding from schools that fail to comply. Georgia’s constitution and state laws, however, require these decisions be made at the local level.

While our 181 school systems must each determine an appropriate response to this federal overreach, I have asked State School Superintendent Richard Woods to provide guidance to those local school systems seeking assistance and clarity on this issue in order to ensure that there will be as much uniformity across our state as possible.

Until Congress acts, I assure the citizens of Georgia that the offices of the governor, attorney general and state school superintendent will work cooperatively to protect the interests of Georgia’s children from this abuse of federal executive authority.

The Obama administration issued the directive on May 13, directing public school to allow transgender students to use the restroom that corresponds with their gender identity.

The edict was sent in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Education, and has been met with mixed opinion.

The directive comes following the controversial law in North Carolina, House Bill 2, which in part, dictates transgender bathroom use.

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