Louisiana Vows to Defy New Pro-LGBTQ Title IX Rules

The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports:

Louisiana’s top education official advised school districts Monday not to change their policies to comply with new federal rules that extend civil rights protections to LGBTQ+ students, setting up a potential showdown with the Biden administration.

The new rules, released Friday by the U.S. Department of Education, say discrimination against students based on sexual orientation and gender identity is prohibited under Title IX. The 1972 law bans sex-based discrimination in schools and colleges that receive federal funding. Schools must respond “promptly and effectively” to any alleged discrimination, otherwise the federal government can intervene, the new rules say.

In his letter, state Superintendent of Education Cade Brumley said the federal rules, which take effect Aug. 1, would force schools to allow transgender girls to use girls’ restrooms and locker rooms. He also said the rules would compel teachers to refer to students by names or pronouns that do not match their sex assigned at birth.

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