In a last minute, late night amendment, Nevada Senate Democrats amended Assembly Bill 423 to specifically prohibit elected school board officials from adopting certain policies for their respective districts. The timing of this amendment is an unlikely coincidence due to the controversy surrounding the Douglas County School District’s Board of Trustees’ attempt to protect girls sports and their private spaces.
The original language of AB 423 stated:
AN ACT relating to the boards of trustees of school districts; restricting the time of day during which the board of trustees of a school district may take action or corrective action at a regular or special meeting; authorizing, under certain circumstances, the board of trustees to restrict certain public comment at a regular or special meeting; and providing other matters properly relating thereto.
The amended language now reads (changes emphasized):
AN ACT relating to the boards of trustees of school districts; prohibiting a board of trustees of a school district from adopting certain policies; restricting, with certain exceptions, the time of day during which the board of trustees of a school district may take action or corrective action at a regular or special meeting; providing an administrative penalty; authorizing, under certain circumstances,
the board of trustees to restrict certain public comment at a regular or special meeting; and providing other matters properly relating thereto.
Although the Democrats have abandoned their attempt to curtail free speech in this legislation, they are now prohibiting a school board from adopting CERTAIN policies which will effect both public and private schools. What policies are those, you may ask?
According to the bills newly-amended language:
A board of trustees shall not adopt a policy that limits the access of a pupil because of race, religious creed, color, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, ancestry, familial status or sex, to school facilities or activities. If the Department finds that a board of trustees adopts a policy that violates the provisions of subsection 1, the Department may impose an administrative penalty of not more than $5,000 for each day that the policy is in effect.
One week ago, Senator Fabian Doñate took to Twitter to express his shock that elected officials would take the “inhumane” steps to protect girls sports and private spaces as protected through Title IX.
The discrimination of students to participate in school-based activities or restricting access to facilities is not only shocking, it’s inhumane.
The state has an obligation to protect the civil rights of all students, regardless of their background or identity. https://t.co/E2r4XZgxG4
— Fabian Doñate (@fabiandonate) May 17, 2023
Tensions began prior to the Douglas County school board meeting when District Superintendent Keith Lewis published and designated the agenda item #19 as a “transgender policy” for the May 16th meeting. In advance of that meeting, Douglas County School District Board President Susan Jansen told The Globe: “The primary purpose of agenda item #19 is to protect girls. This isn’t a transgender policy.”
As the Globe has exclusively reported and others in the state media have misreported, the policy will now be rewritten by the DCSD Board of Trustees to reflect the policies original intent.
After a long and contentious school board meeting, and in response to the misleading headlines and related political statements, Jansen told The Globe: “As I stated numerous times, the true intent of the agenda item #19 is to protect girls and has nothing to do with what Superintendent Keith Lewis designated as a “transgender policy.”
The ACLU Nevada has threatened a lawsuit should the board adopt any policy that adheres to Title XI protections and the District is accepting applications for new legal counsel.
In the wake of this last-minute amendment that changes the entire scope of the original bill (which received unanimous support in the Assembly), it is likely to pass the Senate tomorrow and head to Governor Joe Lombardo’s desk for signature or veto.
As the Globe reported, Governor Lombardo recently joined a coalition of 25 governors who are advocating to restore protection in girls’ sports in the wake of the Biden Administration’s new Title IX rules, proposed by the Department of Education, to expand the meaning of sexual discrimination to include gender identity that would prevent schools and colleges from banning transgender athletes. The proposed rule would mean that schools and colleges receiving federal funding could not impose an independent policy ensuring students play on teams consistent with their biological sex.
Nevada Democrats have now aligned with the Biden administration’s attempts of decimating Title IX protections by amending AB423–the beginning of the end of female sports, scholarships, and private spaces.
- Conservation Groups File Lawsuit Against Placer County - November 30, 2023
- CCSD Under Federal Investigation For ‘Possible Civil Rights Violations’ - November 30, 2023
- Bidenomics: Nevadans Need An Extra $13K To Afford The Basics - November 29, 2023