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‘Nebraska will not comply’ with new Title IX revisions, Gov. Pillen says

Gov. Jim Pillen (proper) with Riley Gaines at an occasion in La Vista concerning Title IX and transgender student-athletes. Aug. 27, 2023. (Zach Wendling/Nebraska Examiner)

LINCOLN — Nebraska Gov. Jim Pillen on Friday introduced he’s becoming a member of a handful of states in planning to defy new Title IX guidelines from the Biden administration set to take impact in August.

Nebraska Gov. Jim Pillen. Dec. 27, 2023. (Zach Wendling/Nebraska Examiner)

Pillen, in a Friday information launch, stated the “rewrite of Title IX is an affront to the common sense idea that men do not belong in women’s only spaces” and is a “direct attack” on the Women’s Bill of Rights that he established by government order final August. Under that order, state businesses, boards and commissions should outline somebody’s intercourse as male or feminine at start.

Title IX, a 1972 rule, prohibits intercourse discrimination in instructional packages that obtain federal funding. The changes explicitly defend gender id and sexual orientation.

Pillen on Friday stated Nebraska “must fight against radical gender ideology and vigorously protect the rights of Nebraska women and girls.”

“Protecting our kids and women’s athletics is my duty,” Pillen stated in a press release. “The president’s new rules threaten the safety of women and their right to participate in women’s sports. Nebraska will not comply.”

Under Pillen’s Women’s Bill of Rights, a “female” is outlined as somebody whose organic reproductive system is developed to supply ova; a “male” is somebody whose organic reproductive system is developed to fertilize the ova of a feminine.

At least 15 states are suing over the ultimate Title IX rule, however not Nebraska. Governors and state training chiefs in at the very least six states — Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Montana, South Carolina and Oklahoma — have additionally directed districts to defy the rule.

The U.S. Department of Education has stated states not in compliance with Title IX threat dropping federal funding.

The revised Title IX tips, to which the U.S. Department of Education has given ultimate approval, are scheduled to take impact Aug. 1. 

LGBTQ college students who face discrimination can be entitled to a response from their faculty below Title IX, permitting recourse from the federal authorities when faculties do not accomplish that.

State Sen. Kathleen Kauth of Omaha. April 5, 2024. (Zach Wendling/Nebraska Examiner)

The revisions additionally reverse many modifications led by former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos that added new protections for college kids accused of sexual misconduct, which at present require such conduct to be “severe, pervasive and objectively offensive.”

Colleges will additionally not be required to carry live hearings to permit college students to cross-examine each other via representatives.

The new rules do not embody a deliberate provision to forestall faculties from categorically banning transgender student-athletes from sporting groups.

Nebraska lawmakers fell two votes in need of advancing laws this yr that might have completed simply that. The introducer, State Sen. Kathleen Kauth of Omaha, has stated she intends to try again subsequent yr, a plan that she has stated may contain Pillen’s Women’s Bill of Rights.

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