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Utah school board: We’ll give up $40M if we can harass trans students

Utah school board: We’ll give up $40M if we can harass trans students

AMERICAN FORK, Utah (AP) — Members of a Utah school board are pushing the district to reject $40 million in federal funding over the Obama administration’s order for public schools to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity.

The Daily Herald newspaper in Provo reports board members at the Alpine School District said Tuesday they’ll consider leaving the money out of their next nearly $500 million budget.

The panel voted down a proposal to immediately draw up a budget without federal cash, but board member Brian Halladay says new federal directives mean they have an obligation to taxpayers to talk about it.

Assistant Superintendent Rob Smith says that could increase homeowners’ taxes by $300 a year.

Halladay was one of three members who sent a letter opposing the federal directive on transgender students.

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