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Texas school district fights Biden admin rule change that jeopardizes privacy, safety of female students

ADF attorneys available for media interviews following hearing Monday

Friday, Jul 5, 2024

WHO:  Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys

WHAT:  Available for media interviews following oral arguments in Carroll Independent School District v. United States Department of Education

WHEN:  Immediately following hearing, which begins at 9 a.m. CDT, Monday, July 8

WHERE:  U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Fort Worth Division, 501 W. 10th St., Fort Worth.

FORT WORTH, Texas – Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys will be available for media interviews at a press conference Monday following oral arguments in Carroll Independent School District v. United States Department of Education. ADF attorneys are representing a Texas school district challenging the Biden administration’s attempt to unlawfully rewrite Title IX, a federal law designed to create equal opportunities for female students in education and athletics. This is the fifth legal action ADF attorneys have brought to stop the administration’s illegal Title IX efforts.

On April 19, the administration announced it would redefine “sex” in Title IX rules to include “gender identity,” requiring schools to ignore the biological distinction between male and female in favor of “an individual’s sense of their [sic] gender.” As ADF attorneys explain, the Department of Education’s fundamental and radical rewriting of federal law forces schools across the country to embrace a controversial gender ideology that harms children—including the very children it claims to help. Carroll Independent School District adopted a resolution denouncing the rule change, emphasizing that the rule could “jeopardiz[e] the safety and well-being of students.”

“Carroll Independent School District is right to seek to preserve safety and privacy for the girls—and all students—under its supervision,” said ADF Legal Counsel Mathew Hoffmann, who will be arguing before the court. “The Biden administration’s radical redefinition of ‘sex’ in Title IX upends our education system and ignores biological reality, science, and common sense. This dangerous and unnecessary rule change will have devastating consequences for students, teachers, administrators, and families, and we are urging the court to preserve Title IX as it has stood for decades—for the privacy, safety, and equal opportunities for all.”

As ADF attorneys explain in the lawsuit, schools will have to allow males who identify as female to enter girls’ private spaces like restrooms, locker rooms, and showers and—despite logically inconsistent disclaimers saying otherwise—to play on girls’ sports teams. The new rule also requires the school district to enforce policies restricting students’ and employees’ free-speech rights.

Carroll Independent School District, with a student body of approximately 8,400, is located in Southlake, Texas, and operates 11 schools for students from pre-K to 12th grade. The new Title IX rule will impact all of the schools and students.

Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization committed to protecting religious freedom, free speech, parental rights, and the sanctity of life.

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