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Gov. Scott Walker said Thursday that a bill that would bar transgender students from using school bathrooms or locker rooms assigned to the gender with which they identify is worth considering.

But he stopped short of endorsing it.

“I think it’s important to have some clarity about that,” Walker told reporters Thursday. “And I know school districts across the state have just begun to deal with that.”

Two Republican lawmakers are seeking co-sponsorship for a bill that would require gender-specific bathrooms and locker rooms in schools. It would also require the state to defend school districts sued over the matter.

Rep. Jesse Kremer, R-Kewaskum, told the State Journal on Tuesday that the bill seeks to provide “safety” and “privacy” to students using these rooms.

But a school board representative said he’s not sure the bill is needed, and an advocate for transgender students said the bill singles out those students for harassment.

Walker said he expects school districts will be making accommodations to address the presence of transgender students in their schools.

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