President Joe Biden’s administration has long considered expanding Title IX rules to include allowing transgender students to use the bathrooms and play sports under their preferred gender rather than their biological sex. Those rules changes have worried school leaders in purple or red parts of the country because those rules changes could threaten federal funding to their states and districts.
Louisiana Superintendent of Education Dr. Cade Brumley sent a letter to districts on Tuesday saying that districts and schools do not need to worry. They will not be forced to make those changes.
Louisiana State Superintendent of Education Dr. Cade Brumley puts Biden on notice with letter addressing SEL and Title IX
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“School systems should not alter their local policies or procedures based solely on these overreaching guidance documents,” he said in reference to the Title IX changes.
He said in the letter that he was responding to questions asked by multiple school districts and that the Louisiana Department of Education “does not agree with the proposed changes nor do we recognize the USDOE’s or the USDA’s guidance documents as binding or enforceable at this time.”
“Moreover,” he added, “in Louisiana, the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act became law on August 1, 2022. It was overwhelmingly passed by our legislature. It affirms school-sanctioned athletic participation must be divided by biological sex unless the configuration is co-ed in nature.”
That act passed the Louisiana legislature over the summer, and it became law without Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards’ signature. Edwards had previously called the bill “a solution in search of a problem.”
Brumley has previously spoken out against the woke movement’s advance on education.
“Whenever we think about America, we think about those individuals who forged their sacred honor, the Declaration of Independence, or the abolishment of slavery or suffrage or civil rights,” Brumley told Fox News earlier this year. “It’s been about the quest for freedom, and so we wanted our students to understand under a freedom framework the country that we are, how great we are, and the sacrifices and the struggles that have gone into making that happen.”
Brumley has been the state’s Superintendent of Education since 2020.