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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Maine's supreme court says a transgender student should have been allowed to use the bathroom of her choice.

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled Thursday in a case in which lawyers for a transgender girl argued that her rights were violated when the fifth-grader was required to use a staff bathroom instead of the girls' restroom.

Nicole Maines' family and the Maine Human Rights Commission sued in 2009 over the school's actions.

School administrators across the country are grappling with the issue.

Colorado officials ruled last year that a school district discriminated against a 6-year-old transgender girl who was prevented from using a girls' bathroom. In California, there's an effort afoot to overturn a law spelling out the rights of transgender students in public schools.

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