US education secretary Betsy DeVos calls Obama transgender guidelines 'overreach'
Betsy DeVos testifies before the Senate Health, Education and Labor Committee confirmation hearing to be next Secretary of Education on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., January 17, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Thursday criticized as "overreach" former President Barack Obama's guidelines to public schools to let transgender students use the bathrooms of their choice, one day after President Donald Trump revoked the guidance.

"This issue was a very huge example of the Obama administration's overreach - to suggest a one-size-fits-all federal government approach, top-down approach, to issues that are best dealt with and solved at a personal level and a local level," DeVos said at a gathering of conservatives outside Washington.

(Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Leslie Adler)