Trump administration officials are preparing to rollback protections for young transgender students under the Obama administration, as they seek to ease restrictions on transgender bathrooms in public schools.
A draft memo from Education Secretary Betsy DeVos outlines how the administration would amend Title IX, the federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education.
Title IX states that schools should not discriminate against students based on gender identity or expression.
The memo would undo federal protections on transgender students, though it would not affect the Obama-era directive that students must use restrooms that match their gender identity.
The Trump administration is expected to release the memo next week.
“Title IX is a vital tool for protecting students from discrimination in schools, but we must not let the past stop us from protecting students and our communities,” DeVos wrote in the memo.
“The Trump administration believes it is in the best interest of students, families and educators to take this opportunity to review Title IX protections for trans students.”
The memo is expected in the coming weeks, though details are unclear at this point.
The Obama administration had issued guidance on transgender issues that required schools to allow transgender students to use the bathroom and locker room that align with their gender identities.
The Obama administration also required schools that receive federal funding to allow students to participate in gender-segregated activities.
The new Trump memo would not require schools to make any changes to their policies.