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Cooper Rejects McCrory's Request To Oppose Transgender Student In Federal Court Case

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Updated Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Attorney General Roy Cooper has rejected a call by Governor Pat McCrory to side with a Virginia school district against a discrimination lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union. It would allow a transgender high school student to use the men's bathroom.

McCrory had asked Cooper to join the South Carolina attorney general in an opposing friend-of-the-court brief.

Cooper is seeking the Democratic nomination to oppose McCrory next year.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Governor Pat McCrory wants to bring North Carolina into a federal lawsuit filed by a transgender high school student in Virginia. The Virginia student, who identifies as male, is suing the local school board for access to the men's restroom. Both the Obama administration and the ACLU have filed briefs in support of the student's right to use a restroom that corresponds with his gender identity.

But, ina letter to state attorney General Roy Cooper, McCrory calls the Obama administration's position "extreme" and says it threatens local control of schools. He challenges Cooper, his likely Democratic opponent in the governor's race, to sign on to a brief that supports the school board's requirement that the student use either the women's restroom or a unisex one.

Jess is WUNC's Fletcher Fellow for Education Policy Reporting. Her reporting focuses on how decisions made at the North Carolina General Assembly affect the state's students, families, teachers and communities.
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