Another Florida school district is set to require public school students to use the restroom of their biological sex and not of their self-proclaimed gender identity.
This shift may be particularly sweet for conservatives since it is occurring in one of the most liberal districts in the state.
According to Newsmax, Leon County Public Schools, which includes the state capital, Tallahassee, updated its employees’ “Inclusive School Guide” on Friday. The change struck language that said students may use restrooms or locker rooms “that are consistent with their gender identity.”
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Instead, the new wording notes that students must use all bathrooms, locker rooms, and dressing rooms “corresponding with their biological sex at birth, or use a single-occupancy bathroom.”
Newsmax noted that the overhaul came in response to a 7-4 ruling by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta on Dec. 30. In that case, the court ruled for the St. John’s County School Board’s mandate that students use bathrooms per their biological sex or a sex-neutral bathroom.
The majority rejected the argument that the regulation violated the U.S. Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause or Title IX federal regulations.
While that ruling supported the policy of St. John’s County, another jurisdiction, Pasco County, reversed its earlier rule to comply with the federal court’s ruling, as The Free Press recently reported.
Newsmax noted the employees’ guide also was updated to direct employees to report any change in a student’s “sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression orientation” to the student’s parents.
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That regulation now says, “school personnel must not intentionally withhold information from parents unless a reasonably prudent person would believe that disclosure would result in abuse, abandonment, or neglect.”
Leon County Public Schools was sued not long ago on a claim that it violated the state’s Florida’s Parental Rights in Education law after a school official spoke to a student about gender identity.
Left-wing U.S. District Judge Mark Walker in Tallahassee dismissed the case, but the 11th Circuit will hear this appeal, Newsmax reported.
Leon County was one of only five counties that Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis lost in 2022.