Amid the controversy surrounding Target’s recent policy shift allowing shoppers to use the restroom of their choice, some activist groups are pressuring the Obama administration to force public school districts around the country to offer similar accommodations.
The Marion County, Fla., school board, however, recently approved a measure preemptively addressing the issue.
One board member said that effectively removing any gender barriers from school facilities amounts to “reverse discrimination.”
Though the American Civil Liberties Union is actively protesting the decision, a lawyer involved in the case pointed out that there is no existing legal precedent requiring any school to follow Target’s lead.
“No school district has ever lost federal funding for maintaining gender-appropriate facilities,” Liberty Counsel attorney Roger Gannam wrote, “despite the claims of activists.”