- Associated Press - Friday, May 13, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin is praising the Obama administration’s directive that says public schools are obligated to treat transgender students in a way matching their gender identity.

In a statement issued Friday, Gov. Peter Shumlin said no student should ever feel discriminated against while at school for any reason.

He says the federal guidance clarifies federal law and is consistent with Vermont’s non-discrimination law, which explicitly prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity in all public accommodations.

Meanwhile, the Green Mountain Union High School in Chester changed its bathroom policy to allow transgender students to use the bathroom of their choice after some students walked out of class after transgender students were told they could not use certain bathrooms.

School officials say it’s the right thing to do.

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