Six Republican senators are contesting Education Secretary Miguel Cardona on proposed changes to Title IX regulations, citing a "disturbing likelihood" that his department's reinterpretation of those rules would force radical sex and gender ideologies upon K-12 schools across the nation.
In part, the proposal broadens the definition of "sex," and seeks to establish that failing to accommodate someone's preferred gender identity in school activities or spaces is harmful enough to constitute a Title IX violation.
"Your interpretation of Title IX will undermine that law's very purpose by making schools and sports unsafe and unfair for women and girls," the senators wrote. "Equally disturbing is the likelihood that your department will weaponize Title IX to force a radical gender ideology in K-12 classrooms."
"Would it be a potential violation of Title IX for a student to refuse to call someone by pronouns that do not correspond to their biological sex?" the senators asked.
Another question involves Lia Thomas, a male-born swimmer who in March won a national college championship competing against women. The senators wanted Cardona to clarify whether it violates Title IX for a school to deny someone like Thomas access to the girls' locker room.
"Would it be 'discriminatory' or a potential violation of Title IX for a school employee or student to notify or inform parents about their child's 'gender transition' or alleged gender identity?" the senators asked. They also pointed to a potential conflict with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a long-established federal law that gives parents the authority to access their children's education records.
The Epoch Times has reached out to the department for comment.