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Preferred pronouns and gender fluidity discussion banned at Texas school district



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On Monday, Dallas suburb Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District voted 4-3 in favor of banning the use of preferred pronouns, classroom discussions on sexual orientation, and transgender sports participation.

“Under the new rules, teachers will only have to refer to students by the pronouns that match their sex assigned at birth — regardless of what the child’s parent has requested” writes the New York Post.

The policy applies to 6th grade and below, banning discussion about sexual orientation and gender identity. Gender fluidity discussion is reportedly prohibited in all grades.

Additionally, the policy requires students to play on the same sports teams as their biological sex. “The policy on the agenda … that keeps girls competing against biological girls is very important to me,” a grandmother, who wasn’t named, told the Texas Tribune amid the vote.

“I want to make sure that my granddaughters can enjoy the fruits and labor of my generation by participating in fair competitive sports.”

The report noted early 200 people signed up to speak at the regularly scheduled Board of Trustees meeting; the event lasted for eight hours.

Some members of the community, such as Mike Sexton, were not pleased with the passed policy. “This is incredible — you’re acting like people don’t exist. There are thousands of people in this district that are LGBTQ, that live here, that are taxpayers” he said.

The New York post writes that the Texas school is not the first to take such actions. Grace Christian School in Valrico, about 20 miles outside Tampa, Florida “last week implemented similar gender pronoun rules but went a step further by saying gay and transgender students will be asked to leave.”

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Department of Education Office of Civil Rights opens investigation into Harvard University



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On Tuesday the United States Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights opened an investigation into Harvard University in order to determine if the school has fulfilled legal obligation to respond to the increase in antisemitic incidents after Hamas’ brutal attack on Israel on October 7th.

The university agreed to cooperate with the investigation in a statement issued Wednesday. “We support the work of the Office for Civil Rights to ensure students’ rights to access educational programs are safeguarded and will work with the office to address their questions,” the statement read.

The DOE has also opened investigations into Columbia University, Cornell University, Wellesley College, and the University of Pennsylvania this month over “discrimination involving shared ancestry” under Title VI. 

According to a letter from the Department of Education obtained by the Boston Globe

the investigation was prompted after a complaint which stated Harvard “discriminated against students on the basis of their national origin (shared Jewish ancestry and/or Israeli) when it failed to respond appropriately to reports of incidents of harassment,”

National Review reports that while the Office of Civil Rights does not typically disclose which specific complaints prompted an investigation, there have been several high-profile incidents of antisemitism at Harvard and other Ivy league universities in recent weeks.

Hedge fund manager Bill Ackman sent an open letter to Harvard president Claudine Gay earlier this month which cited the confrontation at the “die-in” and urged her to take action to protect Jewish students.

“Jewish students are being bullied, physically intimidated, spat on, and in several widely-disseminated videos of one such incident, physically assaulted,” Mr. Ackman wrote. “On-campus protesters on the Widener Library steps and elsewhere shout, ‘Intifada! Intifada! Intifada! From the River to the Sea, Palestine Shall be Free!’”

Harvard President Claudine Gay released a statement about “combatting antisemitism” on November 9:

“I affirm our commitment to protecting all members of our community from harassment and marginalization, and our commitment to meeting antisemitism head-on, with the determination it demands,” Gay said. “Let me reiterate what I and other Harvard leaders have said previously: Antisemitism has no place at Harvard.”

Among the antisemitic events that have circulated national news are how just days after the Hamas attack, a 19-year-old Columbia student was arrested for allegedly assaulting an Israeli student who was trying to prevent the suspect from tearing down posters of Israeli hostages. Also at Cornell, a 21-year-old student was arrested for allegedly threatening to murder and rape his Jewish classmates on an anonymous online message board.

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