Will Attorney General Roy Cooper step up and protect NC Students and the state’s sovereignty over its own schools or will be side with the Obama administration’s increasingly power-hungry Department of Education?
— A.P. Dillon – LL1885 (@LadyLiberty1885) November 23, 2015
A few weeks back, I wrote about the incredible overreach by the U.S. Department of Education suing states and school districts under Title IX.
The short version: U.S. Dept. of Education seeks to force school districts to allow for transgender students who ‘identify’ as a certain gender to be allowed to share locker room and bathroom areas with the opposite sex.
Over the weekend, Governor McCrory called on Attorney General Roy Cooper to stand up and defend out state from such an overreach by joining South Carolina in a related amicus brief.
From the Governor’s office:
Governor Pat McCrory has asked Attorney General Roy Cooper to protect local school districts by joining South Carolina and signing on to an amicus brief in the case of G. G. v. Gloucester County School Board. In this case, the Obama Administration has joined with the ACLU in an attempt to force local school districts to open sex-specific student locker rooms and bathrooms to individuals that are not of that biological sex.
“This extreme position directly contradicts the express language of federal law and threatens local control of our schools,” said Governor McCrory. “It also disregards the safety and privacy concerns of parents and students. The Obama Administration has already informed school authorities in North Carolina and around the country of this directive, and is threatening resistant schools with legal action and loss of federal funding.”
“This federal overreach is unacceptable and unnecessary. It must be stopped before our state’s schools are impacted. North Carolina schools are already capable of working with students struggling with their gender identity in a compassionate manner to accommodate their needs while preserving the rights of students and parents. A decision favoring the Obama Administration in the Fourth Circuit would be binding precedent on North Carolina federal courts. It would remove local districts’ flexibility and force the federal government’s extreme views on all of our schools.”
The South Carolina Attorney General’s Office has set a deadline of noon on November 25, 2015 to join this brief. Governor McCrory has asked the attorney general to respond by that deadline.
You can view the entire letter here.
The deadline is November 25th. That’s Thanksgiving. Will AG Cooper act or just shrug?
The same question should be floated to Dr. Atkinson, who is currently the NC State Superintendent of schools and is running for re-election.