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In a news conference this morning, Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick responded to a letter the Obama administration sent to every public school district in the country, which tells schools to allow transgender students to use the bathroom and locker rooms that match their chosen gender identity.

The letter warned that schools that do not comply may face lawsuits or loss of federal aid.

"This will be the end of public education, if this prevails," Patrick said. "People will pull their kids out, homeschooling will explode, private schools will increase."

Patrick asserted that it should be up to individual school districts to accommodate students, and schools shouldn't be forced to obey a mandate from the federal government.

He said that he will direct superintendents in Texas not to obey the administration's request.

Patrick pointed out that Obama's threat about pulling funding from schools that do not comply is just that - a threat.

He added that even if the administration follows through and pulls funding, it wouldn't take effect right away, so that's why he's suggesting school administrators stay the course for the last few weeks of this school year.

Watch Patrick's comments above.

UPDATE 1:59 p.m ET

The White House is defending the directive that school districts must allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms of the opposite sex, saying that it "benefits all students."

Press Secretary Josh Earnest said opponents the move are complaining about “a problem that nobody can prove exists.”

“The guidance does not require any student to use shared facilities when schools make alternate arrangements,” he said.

Watch the statement, along with Leland Vittert's report on Real Story above.

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