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Release: #16-37
May 13, 2016
Contact: Communications
Phone: 916-319-0818

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Applauds President's Action Supporting Transgender Students

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today applauded action by President Obama's administration to protect the rights of transgender students at schools.

A joint letter from the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice went to schools today with guidelines to ensure that transgender students enjoy a supportive and nondiscriminatory school environment.

In 2013, California became the first state in the nation to enshrine certain rights for transgender K–12 students in state law, requiring public schools to allow students access to the restroom or locker room consistent with their gender identity.

"All students deserve a safe and supportive school environment. I strongly support the action by President Obama to make sure all states follow the lead of California and protect the rights of each and every student."

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Tom Torlakson — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100

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