The Biden administration is on the verge of rewriting the definition of sex in Title IX, a law that has protected students from sex discrimination and harassment for five decades. However, recent events in a Wisconsin public school locker room have shed light on the potential consequences of such changes, especially for girls.
As the final rule is about to be released, it is crucial to critically examine the implications and ensure the safety and well-being of all students.
In June 2022, President Biden’s Department of Education unveiled its plan to expand the scope of Title IX significantly. While the current rule already safeguards students from sex discrimination and harassment, the proposed changes will go even further by prohibiting “gender identity” discrimination.
The impact of these changes remains uncertain, but they are set to affect public schools across the nation in the near future.
The Biden administration’s approach to Title IX has also created confusion. In April, the Department of Education introduced separate proposed rules relating to athletics. These rules would prevent districts from adopting policies that categorically exclude transgender students from participating on teams based on their gender identity.
A troubling incident in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin highlights the potential dangers of the proposed Title IX regulations. Four freshman girls, after a swim class, were in the women’s locker room rinsing off while wearing their swimsuits when an adult male student entered the locker room. Shockingly, he undressed, exposed himself, and showered next to the girls, casually announcing his transgender identity.
What is equally alarming is the response, or lack thereof, from the district administrators. Despite one of the girls reporting the incident to student services and the assistant principal, no support was provided, no further information was gathered, and no opportunity to file a complaint was given.
When the parents were finally made aware of the incident and contacted the school, they were met with promises but no real action. It took a whole month for them to secure an in-person meeting.
Sadly, the incident in Sun Prairie is not an isolated occurrence. Similar situations have been reported throughout the country, with many more likely going unreported. In Vermont, a father and daughter filed a lawsuit after the district punished the daughter for speaking out against allowing a biological male in the female locker room. In suburban Chicago, 51 families sued a school for a policy that permitted a biological male to change in the girls’ locker room.
Title IX was established to protect girls and women from sexual harassment and ensure their safety within educational environments. However, the proposed changes by the Biden administration undermine the core purpose of Title IX.
This fight is not about denying rights to transgender individuals, as some may claim. It is about striking a balance that upholds the rights and protections fought for by women and girls. The proposed changes and policies implemented in various schools put the entire female student population at risk.
It is crucial for the Biden administration to reevaluate its proposed changes and prioritize the safety and well-being of women. Our daughters deserve the protection that Title IX was designed to provide. Let us unite and call on our leaders to ensure that Title IX remains a force for good in our education system.
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