The federal government recently sent a "guidance" letter to school districts amid a national debate on the use of public restrooms by transgender individuals.
The official statement applies to community and technical colleges, according to a very useful Q&A piece from Gregory Korte in USA TODAY. Please have a look, as it explains precisely what the letter from the U.S. Department of Education means in terms of substance and impact. The issue is complicated, involving all levels of government, the role of federal funds, and a host of court challenges.
Here in Texas, perhaps you have noticed a dispute involving the Fort Worth Independent School District and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who has vowed to urge the Legislature to pass a law requiring that public restrooms be gender-specific based on birth identity rather than orientation. North Carolina has such a law, which has generated boycotts as well as controversy.
Mr. Patrick is the presiding officer of the Texas Senate, with formidable tools to shape legislation. Here is an article on recent developments in the Texas Tribune by by Kiah Collier and Madlin Mekelburg.
Not surprisingly, the issue is now part of the culture wars, and you can expect political candidates to take positions on transgender access.