Gov. Hutchinson and A.G. Rutledge: Schools Should “Disregard” Obama Admin. “Guidelines”

Last week we wrote about a radical, new set of “guidelines” the Obama Administration’s Department of Education and Department of Justice issued concerning, among other things, gender-identity and public school restrooms.

I want to take a moment to highlight the fact that, among many others, Governor Asa Hutchinson and Attorney General Leslie Rutledge are standing up against the Obama Administration’s radical reinterpretation of federal law.

Governor Hutchinson issued a statement last week, saying,

“The recent letter from the federal government providing guidance to Arkansas schools on gender identification is offensive, intrusive and totally lacking in common sense.  There is no recognizable problem in Arkansas on this issue. The federal government is stirring the pot and meddling in the local control and administration of our schools.

“As Governor, I recommend that local school districts disregard the latest attempt at social engineering by the federal government and continue to use common sense to ensure a safe and healthy environment in Arkansas schools. While the letter implies federal money could be withheld, the letter is nothing more than guidance and is not legally binding.”

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge issued a statement, saying,

“The President is taking his abuse of power to a new level today by forcing a liberal social agenda on school-age children. This radical and outrageous policy drastically expands the federal government’s role in our local schools and raises serious safety concerns for students and parents. Threatening local districts with a loss of funding unless they comply with this non-binding ‘guidance’ is potentially disruptive to the entire education process and lacks all common sense. These bullying and blackmail tactics are unlawful and unconscionable.

“I stand with Governor Hutchinson in urging local districts to disregard this latest attempt from the administration to force a social agenda on the states. I will also work with my colleagues across the country to determine if legal action against this directive is necessary in order to keep our students safe.”

I realize many in Arkansas and across the nation have spoken out against the “guidelines” the federal government issued last week, and I am extremely grateful to them.

I think it is especially important to highlight Gov. Hutchinson’s and A.G. Rutledge’s opposition. As Governor of the State of Arkansas, Gov. Hutchinson is the state’s chief executive, and as Attorney General of the State of Arkansas, A.G. Rutledge is the state’s attorney. Their leadership will be important if the State of Arkansas and the federal Department of Education end up going toe-to-toe over these radical, new “guidelines” from the federal government.

You can learn more about the federal government’s new “guidelines” for public schools here.

Bathrooms, Biology and Federal Overreach

daily_commentary_05_16_16Last Friday we told you about the federal government’s new guidelines affecting bathroom and locker room policies at schools across America–including Arkansas.

Today our friends at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview have put together a solid commentary on the new guidelines and their implications.

John Stonestreet at the Colson Center writes,

Was everyone who lived before 2015 an unenlightened bigot? Recent statements by this administration may give you that impression. . . . .

[O]n Friday . . . Obama administration officials—specifically the assistant secretary of education for civil rights and the head of the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department—directed schools, including “all public schools and most colleges and universities that receive federal funds,” to—as the Washington Post described it—“provide transgender students with access to suitable facilities—including bathrooms and locker rooms—that match their chosen gender identity.”

Schools that fail to comply with this edict from on high are, the officials announced, in violation of Title IX, the federal sexual anti-discrimination act, and would therefore—you guessed it—risk losing federal funding. Comply or you don’t get the money. It’s ideological extortion, not policy making.

You can read Stonestreet’s entire commentary here–or listen to it below.

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Obama Administration Puts Arkansas Children at Risk With New Bathroom Policy

The Obama Administration has issued new guidelines effectively requiring every public school in America–including the schools in communities across Arkansas–to let biological males use girls’ bathrooms, locker rooms, showers, and similar facilities, and vice versa.

The guidelines indicate schools that do not let individuals use the sex-specific facilities of their choice will lose public funding.

The new guidelines say, point blank,

“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. A school may not require transgender students to use facilities inconsistent with their gender identity or to use individual-user facilities when other students are not required to do so.”

In other words, if a biological male who claims to be female wants to use the girls’ locker room, the school cannot stop him.

This is a ridiculous, unnecessary reinterpretation of federal law from the Obama Administration. It puts students at risk and infringes their privacy.

It also guarantees public schools will be hit with lawsuits all across the country. Schools that comply with the new guidelines may face lawsuits from students and families in their districts–as we have already seen in Illinois. Schools that do not comply with the guidelines may face legal action from the federal Department of Education or Department of Justice.

These are terrible guidelines that negatively affect every public school in America and their students.

Below is contact information for Arkansas’ Congressional Delegation, if you would like to contact your senators and congressman to voice your concern about the Obama Administration’s action.



Little Rock Office:
1401 W. Capitol Ave., Plaza F
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: (501) 372-7153
Fax: (501) 372-7163

D.C. Office:
141 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-4843
Fax: (202) 228-1371

Click Here to Email U.S. Senator Boozman



Little Rock Office:
11809 Hinson Road
Suite 100
Little Rock, AR 72212

Mailing Address:
PO Box 25216
Little Rock, AR 72221
Phone: (501) 223-9081
Fax: (501) 223-9105

D.C. Office:
124 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-2353

Click Here to Email U.S. Senator Cotton



Jonesboro Office:
2400 Highland Drive, Suite 300
Jonesboro, AR 72401
Phone: (870) 203-0540
Fax: (870) 203-0542

D.C. Office:
1711 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-4076
Fax: (202) 225-5602

Click Here to Email Congressman Crawford



Little Rock Office:
1501 N. University Ave.
Suite 150
Little Rock, AR 72207
Phone: (501) 324-5941
Fax: (501) 324-6029

D.C. Office:
1229 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-2506
Fax: (202) 225-5903

Click Here to Email U.S. Congressman Hill



Rogers Office:
3333 Pinnacle Hills, Suite 120
Rogers, Arkansas 72758
Phone: (479) 464-0446
Fax: (479) 464-0063

D.C. Office:
1119 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-4301
Fax: (202) 225-5713

Click Here to Email U.S. Congressman Womack



Hot Springs Office:
101 Reserve St.
Suite 200
Hot Springs, AR 71901
Phone: (501) 609-9796
Fax: (501) 609-9887

D.C. Office:
130 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-3772
Fax: (202) 225-1314

Click Here to Email U.S. Congressman Westerman