Don’t mess with Texas.
Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said he would look for ways to reimburse Texas school systems if they lose federal funds over transgender restroom policies.
“I think the people of Texas would join with the legislature to try to find a way around it… to try to find money somewhere,” Patrick told WFAA late Thursday night. “I don’t want their money. This is dirty money from the federal government. It’s really our tax money they’re sending back. We send it up clean to Washington, and he sends it back dirty. He says ‘I’m not going to give you your money, unless you do what I tell you to do.’”
On Friday, the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Justice Department are expected to instruct public school districts nationwide to let transgender students to use the bathroom that matches their gender identity, according to ABC News.
As a condition of receiving federal funds, “a school may provide separate facilities on the basis of sex, but must allow transgender students access to such facilities consistent with their gender identity,” reads a draft of a letter outlining guidance for schools, obtained by ABC News.
While schools are permitted to offer single-use restrooms, they should not require transgender students to use single-use facilities if their classmates are not also required to use them, the letter adds. It will be signed by officials from the Departments of Education and Justice.
“I don’t like to be threatened. This is a ‘come and take it’ moment, and you’re not taking our kids,” Patrick told us.
Come and take it moment? Listeners to The Teri O’Brien Show have got to love that because we play that song on the show. Here’s the video: