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Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a Virginia school board's appeal of a lower-court ruling that allowed transgender students to use school bathrooms that correspond to their gender identity.

Why it matters: It brings an end to the years-long legal saga involving Gavin Grimm, a trans student who sued his Gloucester County high school in 2015 after being denied access to the boys' restroom.

  • The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in Grimm's favor last year, finding that the school board's policy violated the Constitution's equal protection guarantee and Title IX — the federal law banning sex-based discrimination in federally funded schools.
  • "The proudest moments of the federal judiciary have been when we affirm the burgeoning values of our bright youth, rather than preserve the prejudices of the past," Circut Judge Henry Floyd wrote at the time.

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Garland: Federal authorities will respond to threats against school employees

Anti-vaccine protesters stage a protest outside of the San Diego Unified School District office to protest a vaccination mandate for students. Photo: Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images

Attorney General Merrick Garland on Monday directed the FBI and U.S. attorney's offices to meet with law enforcement over the next 30 days to address growing threats to school board members, teachers and other employees in public schools.

Why it matters: The order comes amid a "disturbing spike in harassment, intimidation and threats of violence" directed toward school staff, Garland wrote in the memorandum to federal authorities.

Oct 4, 2021 - Health

Biden revokes Trump rule banning certain clinics from abortion referrals

A Planned Parenthood Reproductive Health Services Center in St. Louis, Missouri. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

The Biden administration on Monday revoked a Trump-era rule that bars clinics that receive federal family planning funding from referring patients for abortions.

Why it matters: The new rule, which will go into effect on Nov. 8, comes as the fight for abortion access ramps up in states and nationally.

NYC COVID vaccine mandate takes effect for school employees

Marisa Wiezel and Caitlin Kenny, co-teachers at Yung Wing School P.S. 124 in New York City, give a lesson to their masked students on Sept. 27. Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

New York City's vaccine mandate for school staff members went into effect on Monday, covering nearly 148,000 employees, AP reports.

Why it matters: The vaccine mandate makes New York City — the nation's largest school system — one of the first school districts in the country to require staffers to receive the COVID-19 shot, per AP.