The US Department of Education has threatened to withhold school funding from Connecticut school districts over a state policy that would allow transgender children to compete against those that correspond to their gender identity in sports.
The move would withhold $18m in funding from schools, which was allocated to help schools desegregate.
This came in response to a complaint filed last year by several cisgender female track athletes who said two transgender female runners had an unfair physical advantage against them.
The Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights determined in May that the state policy violated the civil rights of those who are not transgender.
Following the determination, the department warned officials in three Connecticut school districts that desegregation grants would not be released on 1 October unless they cut ties with the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference, which issued the transgender policies.