DeSantis instructs Florida schools not to follow Biden’s ‘gender identity’ rules

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) and his administration are continuing his fight against the left’s LGBTQ youth agenda.

The Daily Caller reports that the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) just sent a letter to K-12 schools instructing them not to follow the Biden administration’s recently-proposed revisions to Title IX. 

Background

The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) proposed a number of revisions to Title IX back in June.

The revisions looked to expand the law’s protections against discrimination on the basis of sex so as to include both discrimination against one’s “sexual orientation” and discrimination against one’s “gender identity.”

The Daily Caller, at the time, provided more details about the revisions.

The outlet reported:

The rule change will require every sex-separated space, program, building, bathroom and locker room to accommodate individuals “who may feel as though they are women, even though biologically, they are men,” Sarah Perry, a senior legal fellow for The Heritage Foundation, previously told The Daily Caller News Foundation. The proposed changes could in effect force schools to allow biological males into women’s bathrooms in order to receive federal funding.

Schools that do not adhere to these revisions could possibly be cut off from receiving any federal funding.

Disregard that message

The FDOE on Thursday sent to K-12 schools in Florida a letter essentially telling them to disregard the Biden administration’s proposed revisions to Title IX.

The letter reads:

You should not treat the DOE and USDA guidance documents as binding or otherwise modify your practices or procedures based on these documents.  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 FDOE writes that it “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.”

Bryan Griffin, DeSantis’s deputy press secretary, subsequently made it clear that DeSantis “fully supports” the FDOE’s statement here.

“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,” Griffin said.

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