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Western Pa. school district enacts gender ID restroom policy

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 13, 2016 11:14 AM
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FILE PHOTO: In this May 17, 2016, file photo, a new sticker designates a gender neutral bathroom at Nathan Hale high school in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

(Gibsonia) -- A school board in the Pittsburgh suburbs will no longer allow students to use restrooms based on their expressed gender identity.

The Pine-Richland School Board in Allegheny County had been following such guidelines.

But, board members voted 5-4 Monday night to formally adopt a policy requiring students to use the restroom corresponding to their biological sex, or unisex restrooms.

The board had discussed the policy since March and had been allowing students to use restrooms based on their stated gender identity.

The U.S. Department of Education has warned school districts they could lose federal funding if they don't allow transgender students to use the bathroom that matches their gender identity.

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