Florida Education Commissioner tells schools to ignore federal guidelines for gender identity

TALLAHASSEE – Saying federal guidelines aimed at preventing discrimination against students based on such things as gender identity would “vastly expand the application” of Title IX, Florida Education Commissioner Manny Diaz, Jr. has told school officials to ignore them.

Title IX is a federal law that was enacted more than 50 years ago to prohibit sex-based discrimination in educational institutions. The U.S. Department of Education last month released a proposal that it said would “provide greater clarity regarding the scope” of sex discrimination.

The guidelines would extend protections under the law to include schools’ “obligations not to discriminate based

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