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Federal Government Proposes Radical Changes to Schools, Attorney General Jeff Landry Voices Opposition

21 State Attorneys General Argue Biden Education Guidelines Violate Constitution, Create Confusion

BATON ROUGE, LA – In an effort to protect Louisiana’s students from federal overreach, Attorney General Jeff Landry is voicing opposition to the regulatory guidance recently issued by the U.S. Department of Education that attempts to force radical changes on nearly every school across the Nation.

In a letter to the President, Attorney General Landry and 20 of his fellow attorneys general object to the federal government’s disregard for procedural safeguards and democratic accountability in their interpretation and application of Bostock v. Clayton County.

“By disregarding the rule of law and precluding public notice and participation in the regulatory process, the Department of Education has excluded states, localities, and stakeholders,” explained Attorney General Landry. “By unilaterally plunging ahead with these sweeping dictates, the Biden Administration harms the rule of law and undermines the legitimacy of its executive agencies.”

On June 16th, the Department of Education announced its interpretation that Title IX – a federal law that prohibits sex-based discrimination in any school or education program receiving federal money – also protects students from discrimination based on sexual identification and gender identity. According to the Department’s flawed reading of Bostock, schools will no longer be allowed to preserve the privacy of middle school and high school students by ensuring they can use sex-specific showers, locker rooms, and restrooms. “This is a matter of concern for millions of students and parents who appreciate the availability of private facilities for bathing and changing at school,” wrote Attorney General Landry and his colleagues.

“This reckless and unlawful directive puts the safety and security of all Louisiana children in jeopardy and could cost our State a fortune in compliance costs,” concluded Attorney General Jeff Landry. “I stand with Louisiana students, parents, and educators against this executive overreach and the unreasonable risks it poses in our State's schools.”

Attorney General Landry was joined in the letter by the attorneys general of Tennessee, Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, and West Virginia.