(National Sentinel) Education bureaucracy: We continue to see multiple examples of how holdovers from the Obama era are undermining the Trump administration.
The president campaigned on a pledge to end the ridiculous PC nature of the federal bureaucracy, and Candice Jackson, the Trump administration’s acting secretary for civil rights within the Department of Education since April, proves why this should remain his goal.
As reported by The Daily Caller:
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights issued an internal memorandum earlier this month announcing that it will investigate taxpayer-funded teachers and administrators who use biologically accurate pronouns for transgender students instead of the pronouns transgender students prefer.
The memo explains “the effects of developments on the enforcement of Title IX” concerning transgender students.
Specifically, the memo declares, the federal government may investigate taxpayer-funded schools for “refusing to use a transgender student’s preferred name or pronouns when the school uses preferred names for gender-conforming students or when the refusal is motivated by animus toward people who do not conform to sex stereotypes.”
Jackson’s memo also explains that the Office for Civil Rights may choose to investigate teachers and administrators at public schools if they don’t act quickly whenever transgender students allege sex discrimination over “stereotyped notions of masculinity or femininity.”
Investigators would seek to determine if use of gender-correct pronouns by teachers constitutes “a hostile environment” for the student.
Critics of the memo say Title IX doesn’t give the Dept. of Education any authority in this area whatsoever.
Liberty Counsel, a civil rights group focused on Christian religious freedom, notes that Title IX, a 1972 federal law banning discrimination on the basis of biological sex in education, does not address pronouns chosen by transgender students.
“Title IX does not require a school district or teacher to call students by false gender pronouns,” said Liberty Counsel founder Mat Staver in a press release sent to The Daily Caller.
“Title IX is silent regarding the use of pronouns, and it cannot be a violation to refer to students by pronouns consistent with their actual sex,” Staver also said. “Requiring false pronoun usage by teachers is a compelled speech violation for teachers and compelling students to participate in a lie violates their right to free speech. I thought we had seen the last of this nonsense coming out of the Department of Education. I call upon Betsy DeVoss to end this new policy.”
This memo comes on the heels of a February directive from the Education Department striking down a vague Obama administration order forcing taxpayer-funded schools to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms and locker rooms of their choice.