Southeast Michigan School District Under Federal Investigation

BEDFORD - Bedford Public Schools, located 10 miles north of Toledo in Michigan's Monroe County, was placed under investigation in December by the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights for allegedly discriminating against a trans youth. A Bedford spokesperson would not provide any more specifics on the investigation.

According to MLive, Bedford is the only school district in the state under investigation for violating the rights of transgender students under Title IX of the federal civil rights law that protects students from sex discrimination in K-12 schools that receive federal funding.

Lawmakers and Michigan residents are currently discussing a voluntary guidance, proposed by the State Board of Education last month, that would help school districts comply with Title IX regulations and other suggestions that would provide for a more inclusive school atmosphere for trans youth such as allowing students to use the facility that best fits their gender identity.

Bedford Public Schools Superintendent Mark Kleinhans told MLive that his district is cooperating with federal officials.

Kleinhans told MLive that Bedford has made attempts to comply with Title IX regulations, through staff trainings and other measures.

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