URGENT: Keep hatred out of our schools
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The federal government is trying to fund hatred against LGBTQI and women students, and almost no one is talking about it.
Using sneaky back channels, the Dept. of Education and other agencies quietly proposed changes to federal code that would use taxpayer dollars to fund gender discrimination in our schools under the cover of “religious or moral freedom.” The proposed changes would massively expand schools’ ability to claim religious exemption from Title IX—the civil rights law that protects our students from gender discrimination and sexual violence—and would give those exempt schools wide access to federal financial awards.
Even worse: Schools with good intentions won’t be able to stop discrimination. The rule promises to fine and penalize any public institution that tries to stop hateful or discriminatory behavior if the person or group committing the discrimination claims it’s for religious OR “moral” reasons. This means well-meaning public institutions will likely stop disciplining discrimination by groups focused on exclusion and bias, out of fear that they’ll lose their funding.
They are trying to get away with this by formalizing the changes before any of us realize it’s happening, with little buzz or public discourse.
We thank our friends at the National Women’s Law Center for drafting part of this comment.