The Biden Administration’s tweaks to Title IX are a no-go in the Sunshine State.
According to a report from The Daily Caller, Florida’s Department of Education has sent a letter to all K-12 schools informing them that they do not have to adhere to Title IX updates related to ‘gender ideology’ and trans men and women in sports.
“Both the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) threatened to withhold funds to federal institutions if they fail to adhere to the new revisions to Title IX proposed in June,” The Daily Caller reports.
“You should not treat the DOE and USDA guidance documents as binding or otherwise modify your practices or procedures based on these documents,” Florida Education Commissioner Manny Diaz wrote in the letter. “Specifically, for example, nothing in these guidance documents requires you to give biological males who identify as female access to the female bathrooms, locker rooms, or dorms; to assign biological males who identify as female to female rooms on school field trips; or to allow biological males who identify as female to compete on female sports teams.”
“The Department will not stand idly by as federal agencies attempt to impose a sexual ideology on Florida schools that risk the health, safety and welfare of Florida students,” Diaz wrote.
“The governor’s office fully supports the Florida Department of Education in its position on these proposed rule changes and stands with Commissioner Diaz in refusing to allow the federal government and the Florida Commissioner of Agriculture to hold vulnerable students hostage to their political agenda,” Bryan Griffin Deputy Press Secretary for the Florida governor’s office told the Daily Caller News Foundation.
“Judge Charles Atchley for the Eastern District of Tennessee blocked the Title IX revisions on July 15 after a lawsuit was brought forward by 20 Republican attorneys general,” The Daily Caller reports. “The attorneys general argued that their state’s policies and laws keep them from following the Title IX revisions.”