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Governor Andrew Cuomo issued a directive to the state education department to tell all school districts to protect transgender students. This is in response to the removal of a federal transgender bathroom guideline by the Trump administration. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley gathered reaction. 

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The Trump administration’s decision to rescind protections for transgender students will not affect New York state, according to the state’s education commissioner and legal experts. But they say the action nevertheless sends a “terrible message” to transgender teens.


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The debate continues over a proposed gender-identity policy for the Buffalo Public School District.  Once again Wednesday night about 30-speakers lined at the school board meeting to speak both for and against the gender-identity policy.  Much of the debate last night centered on the treatment of transgender city school students.

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Tempers flared at a public hearing Wednesday to address the Buffalo Public School District's proposed gender policy. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Merriweather Library on Jefferson on the city's east side was packed for the second of two hearings.

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Since the federal government issued guidance this past spring directing public schools to allow transgender students to use restrooms that match their gender identity, districts like Buffalo drafted a proposed policy. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked with the executive director of The Pride Center of Western New York about assisting with that policy.

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The Buffalo Parent-Teacher Organization is endorsing the city school district's draft proposal for a Student Gender Identity Policy. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley reports the organization has made minor recommended amendments, but is now seeking public support.

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Many school districts are working to draft a transgender policy to protect a student’s rights.  The transgender issue effects not only students in K through 12, but at colleges and universities. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says there is no one set policy in place for schools to follow.

A directive issued be the federal government on transgender student rights is being welcomed by the region's largest school district.

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A U.S. Court of Appeals decision issued last week a first of its kind ruling says it is sex discrimination to bar students from using a bathroom that matches their gender identity. The court sided with a Virginia student, Gavin Grimm, who was born a girl, but now identifies as a boy. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley recently talked about transgender issues with some Cheektowaga Central High School students who weighed in on the use of restrooms.