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Florida Ed Board: Title IX shouldn't apply to trans students

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Claire Heddles
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Jacksonville Today
The State Board of Education travels to sites around the state for its monthly meetings. It met Wednesday in Nassau County.

In lockstep with the priorities of the Republican governor who appointed them, the Florida state Board of Education on Wednesday approved new training for school staff on how to choose books; signed off on the position that federal protections don’t extend to transgender students; and heard from the state’s college presidents, who promised enthusiastic compliance with Gov. Ron DeSantis’ “anti-woke” curriculum mandate.

Meeting in Nassau County, the Board unanimously passed a motion “affirming and adopting” Education Commissioner Manny Diaz’s position that federal Title IX protections do not apply to transgender students. Title IX bans sex-based discrimination in schools.

The Biden administration proposed a federal rule change to explicitly include sexual orientation and gender identity under Title IX last summer, and Diaz submitted a comment opposing that change. The question of whether the federal law extends to transgender students continues to be litigated, including a federal court ruling last month that said the St. Johns County school district was not required to allow a transgender student to use the bathroom that aligned with his gender identity.

Read the rest of this story at Jacksonville Today, part of WJCT Public Media.

Claire joined WJCT as a reporter in August 2021. She was previously the local host of NPR's Morning Edition at WUOT in Knoxville, Tennessee. During her time in East Tennessee, her coverage of the COVID pandemic earned a Public Media Journalists’ Association award for investigative reporting. You can reach Claire at (904) 250-0926 or on Twitter @ClaireHeddles.