Department of Education Rules in Title IX Question

Biological males are not permitted to compete in female sports.

The Department of Education ruled last week that allowing biologically male athletes to compete in female events violates Title IX. This ruling was made due to the policy decision by the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) in 2017 to allow competition in high school sports to be based on the “preferred gender identity” of the student. A complaint stating this policy was a violation of Title IX was filed by female track athletes last year with the Office of Civil Rights of the Department of Education. 

During the 2018 outdoor track season, under the CIAC policy, two male students who identified as female competed and won a combined total of 15 state championship titles. The attorney for the female athletes said that “girls shouldn’t be reduced to spectators in their own sports” and the female students were pleased with the government’s decision to protect their athletic opportunities.  

Title IX is a federal civil rights law passed in 1972 that prohibits discrimination based on sex in schools that receive federal funding. Schools that violate Title IX jeopardize their funding.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the Department of Education as they seek to protect students from discrimination and care for their welfare.
  • For Secretary Betsy DeVos as she leads the department.

Sources: Forbes, New York Times


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