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Foxx, Burr Press Cardona on Schools Concealing Vital Health Information from Parents

Today, House Education and Labor Committee Republican Leader Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Republican Leader Richard Burr (R-NC) sent a letter to Department of Education Secretary Miguel Cardona demanding answers regarding the Department’s application of Title IX. The letter follows reports of a 12-year-old girl’s suicide attempt on her public school campus after the school concealed from the girl’s parents that it was conversing with her about a gender transition.

The Members write in the letter: Actively concealing vital health information from parents ‘effectively prevents’ parents from accessing information to which they are entitled. Again, the Department must clarify this point for states and schools and must immediately investigate any schools that are not in compliance with the requirements under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).”

The Members ask: Does the Department’s interpretation of Title IX require school districts to conceal from a minor child’s parents information about that child’s interest in a gender transition? If the answer to that question is fact-specific, under what circumstances does Title IX permit a school district to discuss a minor child’s interest in a gender transition with that child’s parents?”

The Members also ask: Does the Department believe that school personnel should practice other forms of medical or psychological treatment without appropriate licensure or training?”

The full letter is available here.


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