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Biden’s Title IX rules are a victory for powerful teacher unions fueling Dem campaigns

The Biden administration’s action to finalize the revised Title IX regulations marks a victory for the powerful teachers unions that have fueled Democrats’ 2024 campaign.

On Friday morning, the Department of Education finalized comprehensive new Title IX regulations that “strengthen important protections” against sexual harassment and prevent discrimination based on gender identity. The regulations repeal Trump-era measures that strengthened protections, but also create a strict grievance process that ensures defendants are treated as innocent until proven guilty.

The nation’s two largest teachers unions, the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association, have been pushing for months for the regulations to be finalized. During the current election cycle, both unions poured millions of dollars into Democratic-leaning political action committees and virtually none to Republicans, according to federal filings.

“Prior to the 2020 rule, there had been progress in changing the culture of sexual violence on educational campuses and improving student safety. The argument was destroyed,” the AFT said. President Randi Weingarten wrote in a comment letter that he supports the Biden administration’s regulations.

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President Biden gives a speech at the White House on October 17, 2022, with Education Secretary Miguel Cardona watching. (Bonnie Cash/UPI/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Weingarten said the administration’s rules, scheduled to go into effect in August, “remove the dangerous regulations introduced in 2020 and put us on a path to honestly discussing the modern reality of equal access to education.” I will bring it back,” he added.

In a separate comment letter, NEA President Rebecca Pringle similarly praised the regulations and called on the Department of Education to act quickly to finalize them.

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“We are committed to restoring important protections and creating a uniform process that furthers Title IX’s broad obligations to prohibit sex discrimination in education.” We commend the Department on this proposed rule, which provides much-needed clarity and formalization of protections,” Pringle said in a letter to the Secretary of Education. Mr. Miguel Cardona and Assistant Secretary Catherine Ramon.

Pringle’s letter emphasized the importance of the rule expanding Title IX protections to include transgender students. She said she would protect transgender students who are “discriminated against and shamed by being told they can’t go to the bathroom.”

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American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten addresses the audience at the American Federation of Teachers’ annual convention in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

According to the NEA, the regulation prohibits schools from excluding students from educational activities because they are transgender. Prohibit “misgendering” of transgender students and teachers, force transgender students and teachers to use names of their choice, and allow students to use restrooms and locker rooms that align with their gender identity. oblige.

“The Department’s clarification of Title IX protections will ensure that our schools, where all of us are free to grow and support each other, are free to be ourselves, and where students of all races, backgrounds, and genders are free from fear and intimidation. “It brings you closer to a place where you can learn freely without having to worry about it,” Pringle continued.

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In addition to expanding protections for transgender people in schools under Title IX, the regulation would also repeal sexual assault due process rules introduced by the Trump administration.

Universities will no longer be required to hold live hearings to allow students to cross-examine each other through their representatives. Instead, university authorities will be able to interview students individually, allowing each student to suggest questions and obtain a record of their answers.

Then-Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said the final Title IX rules would bring fairness to the sexual assault due process system. (Yuri Gripas/Getty Images)

When evaluating a party’s evidence, a school must use a “preponderance of the evidence” standard of proof unless all other comparable cases use a clear and convincing standard of proof.

Education Department officials first proposed the regulation in 2022, but delayed making a final decision to consider a flood of more than 240,000 public comments. The Trump-era regulations were finalized in May 2020 by then-Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.

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Civil liberties, student rights and conservative legal groups are calling on the Biden administration to keep the 2020 regulations in place.

AFT and NEA did not respond to requests for comment.

FOX News’ Michael Dorgan contributed to this report.

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