Florida tells schools to disregard federal Title IX gender identity rules

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — The Florida Department of Education sent a letter to the superintendents of all 67 districts telling them they may disregard new federal guidance for Title IX. The statute has been in place since 1972, and under new guidance from President Joe Biden via executive order, protections were expanded to include blocking discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, in addition to biological sex.

Biden’s expansion of Title IX came after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a case to expand Title VII protections of the Civil Rights Act to include gay and transgender rights.

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