TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA — Florida’s Education Commissioner blasted a new proposal from the Biden’s Administration that would allow boys to compete in girls’ sports.
On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) announced a new proposal to outlaw school policies that require men and women to compete in separate athletic divisions.
“The proposed rule would establish that policies violate Title IX when they categorically ban transgender students from participating on sports teams consistent with their gender identity just because of who they are,” a press release from the Department stated.
“THIS WON’T FLY IN FLORIDA”
Hours after the announcement, Florida’s Education Commissioner Manny Diaz Jr. responded to the news in a statement.
“This is a sad, pathetic attempt from a completely inept administration to force their woke worldview on the rest of us,” Diaz said. “Since Joe Biden can’t get Congress or the Supreme Court to rubberstamp his radical gender ideology, he’s resorted to bullying America’s students through the federal bureaucracy. Good luck – this won’t fly in Florida.”
In 2021, Governor DeSantis signed the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, which bans men from competing in women’s sports in Florida public schools and universities.
“We will never allow boys to play in girls’ sports,” Diaz added. “We will fight this overreach tooth and nail. And we will stop at nothing to uphold the protections afforded women under Title IX.”
Title IX was instituted in 1972 as an anti-discrimination law in education, but it has become much more than that. A Reason article from 2022 called Title IX “a form of affirmative action for women in sports—an unsustainable quota-like system.”
Half a century after it was passed, Title IX is now being used to allow men to compete against women in school sports.