The Obama administration is planning to turn its confrontation with North Carolina’s bathroom bill into a larger battle for transgender student rights based on its own interpretation of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, according to a report. The administration plans to insist that the existing scope of Title IX provides for robust protections for transgender students in federally funded education programs and activities, and multiple agencies are expected to be involved in the effort, POLITICO reported, quoting anonymous sources.

Title IX states, “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” In 2014, the Obama administration said transgender discrimination is also illegal sex discrimination, as per the federal law, a guidance that opponents saw as a federal overreach. READ MORE