All school districts in SW La. support the Title IX lawsuit filed against DOE – American Press

All SW La school districts. support the Title IX lawsuit filed against DOE

Published at 2:24 PM on Monday, May 20, 2024

Every public school district in Southwest Louisiana supports the Title IX lawsuit filed last month against the U.S. Department of Education.

On April 29, Louisiana Attorney General Liz Murrill announced that the state of Louisiana and the Louisiana Department of Education had filed suit over the new rules under Title IX, a federal statute that prohibits sex discrimination in educational facilities that receive federal funding.

The changes expanded the meaning of prohibited sex discrimination to add protections for transgender students. Critics of the final rule say the changes will negatively impact female students and burden school districts with increased complaint investigations, obligations, compliance costs and liability risks.

The new rules will come into effect on August 1.

Last week, the school boards of Calcasieu and Cameron parishes voted unanimously to support the state, the LDOE and the 25 other GOP-led states that joined the lawsuit during their regular meetings. In passing the resolutions, they joined Allen, Beauregard and Jefferson Davis parishes in vocal support of the lawsuit.

BPSB adopted a resolution pledging their support during its regular meeting on May 9.

Cameron Parish Superintendent Charley Lemons shared American press the Cameron Parish School Board did not join the lawsuit because they missed the deadline for participation.

Close to home, the Vernon Parish School board alerted police American press Sunday that VPSB supports the lawsuit. Rick Smith, media relations for VPSB, said the Borad is exploring the possibility of joining the lawsuit.

Both the Allen and Jefferson Davis parish school boards passed resolutions to join the lawsuit earlier this month, and are the only local school boards to officially announce participation.

The total number of parishes that have officially joined the lawsuit is 18. Other participating school boards include: Acadia, Bossier, Caddo, Caldwell, DeSoto, Franklin, Grant, LaSalle, Natchitoches, Ouachita, Rapides, Red River, Sabine , St. Tammany , Webster and West Carroll parishes.