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Statement from State School Superintendent Richard Woods on federal guidance regarding transgender bathrooms in schools

"We will carefully consider policy before making recommendations or taking actions. With that said, my first priority is to ensure our schools are a safe environment for students. I believe there are safety concerns associated with allowing students of different genders to use the same bathroom. For that reason, I do not believe a student of another gender should use a restroom alongside students of the opposite sex.

We do not need the Executive Branch of the federal government crossing the line and breaching its constitutional authority. The issuing of such a blanket statement by the President on Friday was very irresponsible. We will not allow the federal government to bully us. Schools in Georgia have and will continue to appropriately address concerns surrounding this and many other issues. Our schools will do the right thing."​