Bedford Schools named in transgender discrimination probe

TEMPERENCE, Mich. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Education says a school district in southeastern Michigan is under federal investigation for possible discrimination against transgender students.

MLive.com reports Thursday that Bedford Public Schools was placed under investigation by the department's Office for Civil Rights in December. Details of the investigation into possible Title IX discrimination violations haven't been released.

Bedford Public Schools Superintendent Mark Kleinhans says his district is cooperating with federal officials. He says "we try to do the best that we can to meet the needs of all of our students."

Word of the investigation comes as Michigan educators and lawmakers debate proposed, voluntary guidance from the state Board of Education about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students. The guidance, in part, is aimed at helping districts comply with Title IX.