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

Bedford Public Schools have been 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.

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Bedford Public Schools Superintendent Mark Kleinhans says his district is cooperating with federal officials.

“We handle each case independently, and we try to do the best that we can to meet the needs of all of our students,” Kleinhans told Mlive.com.

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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.

The school district is located in Monroe County just north of the state’s border with Ohio.

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