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Education Department condemns boys competing as girls

by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 5/29/20, 12:13 pm

A policy in Connecticut allowing males who identify as females compete in girls high school sports violates the civil rights of girl athletes, according to the U.S. Department of Education. The current rules “denied female student-athletes athletic benefits and opportunities,” the department’s Office of Civil Rights noted in a 45-page letter dated May 15.

What does this mean for the athletes? Although the Education Department has not handed down any punishment, the civil rights office may seek to withhold federal funding earmarked for Connecticut public schools. Several high school students in the state and their families sued in February to keep males from competing in female sports, arguing that the transgender runners had an unfair advantage. “It feels like we are finally headed in the right direction,” Chelsea Mitchell, a senior track competitor and one of the plaintiffs, said on Thursday.

Dig deeper: Read my report on the original lawsuit in Relations.

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Kyle Ziemnick

Kyle is a graduate of the World Journalism Institute.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Fri, 05/29/2020 04:52 pm

    Just common sense, IMHO.

  • My Two Cents
    Posted: Mon, 06/01/2020 02:43 pm

    What is the most unbelievable statement in this article is, "....according to the US Department of Education." It has been a long time since the DOE has been on the right side of any issue.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Mon, 06/01/2020 04:44 pm

    I'll have to point out that the current Secretary of Education is Betsy DeVos, appointed by President Trump. Secretary DeVos is definitely not in the same mold as the many politically correct liberals running education in the US these days.