There's a sigh of relief among those who opposed the Obama administration's controversial mandate that forced public schools to allow males students in female's restrooms and locker rooms.
The U.S. Department of Education, which threatened public schools with lost funding two years ago, has announced it will no longer respond when transgender students complain they are not being accommodated by school officials.
Linda Harvey of Mission America says the announcement means public schools are spared from funding expensive litigation to fight the federal government.
"And more importantly," she says, "it will prevent a lot of children from being affirmed in going down the very troubling and disordered road of gender confusion."
Homosexual-rights groups, which enjoyed vocal support from the Obama administration, have predictably denounced the announcement.
The ongoing controversy over privacy has tilted in favor of male students in recent years, buoyed by the Obama administration, legal groups such as the ACLU, and homosexual rights groups such as the Human Rights Campaign.
OneNewsNow has reported that a girls softball team at a California high school was forced by state law to allow a male student on the team, and another story described how Chicago-area parents fought the Dept. of Education when school officials relented over fear of losing federal dollars.
In another story that quoted Harvey, OneNewsNow reported last fall that a male high school sprinter in Connecticut (center, photo at right), who had yet to undergo any hormone treatment, defeated girls in a state-level championship.
"It's frustrating," a female runner, who had won first place the year before, told a local newspaper. "But that's just the way it is now."
Describing how the announcement came to be, Harvey says Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was pressured last year to announce the cancellation of the Obama-era policy amid claims she was reluctant to do so.
"And what then came out of the Department of Education was a behind-the-scenes memo that seemed to indicate they will still going to hear these complaints," Harvey recalls. "Well, now they seem to have changed that policy and it's just great news."