The Mississippi Department of Education says it will follow new federal guidance on making sure transgender students can use locker rooms and bathrooms that match their gender identity.

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves are both criticizing President Barack Obama’s administration over the issue — but neither is calling for schools to defy the federal government.

The U.S. departments of Education and Justice told states Friday that public schools must treat transgender students in a way that matches their identity, even if school records or identity documents list a different sex.



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