For Immediate Release: May 31, 2022
Contact: Ryan Hite, Communications Director
Knudsen Leads 15 Attorneys General In Push To Stop Department of Ed Changes to Title IX
Washington, D.C.: “It’s not secret that the Department of Education has long been out of control,” said Ed Martin, president of Phyllis Schlafly Eagles. “However, the latest changes they are considering to the anti-discrimination laws of Title IX take America to a dangerous and frightening place.
“The DOE is attempting to drastically reinterpret Title IX to include gender identity, a move that is already at play in the Kiel Area School District of Wisconsin. Three middle school boys are accused of ‘sexual harassment’ and are now subject to a Title IX investigation over ‘mispronouning’ a fellow student (a girl) who wants to be referred to as ‘they.’ It sounds so silly you might think I’m making it up, but a quick internet search reveals that this insanity is a reality for three eighth-grade boys.”
“Thankfully not all public leaders have lost their minds,” Martin continued, “Montana’s Attorney General Austin Knudsen is leading a coalition of 15 (and hopefully growing) attorneys general who are calling on the U.S. Department of Education to cancel this planned revision of Title IX. Such a radical interpretation is contrary to the very text of the law itself and would undoubtedly lead to a violation of the right of parents to decide the best interests of their children.
“Redefining discrimination in schools and colleges to include so-called ‘mispronouning’ is bringing the thought police to life in American public schools, plain and simple. We wish all the best to General Knudsen’s coalition and we plan to support them in any way we can as they face down this disturbing assault on Free Speech, freedom of conscience, and the right of parents over their children’s education.”