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TN Governor signs bill to penalize public schools allowing biological males to compete on girls’ sports teams

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Tennessee’s Republican Governor Bill Lee “quietly” signed a proposal that will protect girls’ sports. The legislation signed in to law will soon implement penalties against public schools that allow males to compete on girls’ athletics teams.

Last year Governor Lee signed a measure “mandating that student athletes must prove their sex matches that listed on the student’s ‘original’ birth certificate” reports the Associated Press.

If a birth certificate could not be made available, the mandate asks the athlete’s parents to provide another form of evidence “indicating the student’s sex at the time of birth.”

The new legislation Lee signed “quietly” on Friday “without comment” adds penalties to the previous ban. The AP reports that according to the bill, punishment would be as follows:

Tennessee’s Department of Education would withhold a portion of state funds from local school districts that fail to determine a student’s gender for participation in middle or high school sports. The measure does not specify exactly how much money should be withheld by the state.

The bill will go into effect July 1, as Tennessee lawmakers are also advancing a separate bill to ban transgender athletes from participating in female college sports. Additionally, Republican lawmakers in the state are pushing for legislation that will protect teachers and schools when it comes to gender pronouns.

The legislators are pushing to exempt teachers from facing employment punishment and protect schools from civil liability if transgender students are not called by their preferred pronoun.

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Virginia Education Committee Recommends ‘Gender Identity’ in Elementary School Curriculum

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the Daily Caller obtained a copy of recommendations that a Virginia public school district would like to include in its curricula that begins in fourth grade. Among the recommendations from three transgender advocates are to include gender identity.

The Daily Caller News Foundation reports:

The Family Life Education Curriculum Advisory Committee plans to recommend that the Fairfax County Public School Board include “gender identity in elementary [Family Life Education]” programming and develop “inclusive curriculum” for sex education for all students during the 2022-2023 school year. The committee specifically called for the “inclusion of the gender spectrum in the elementary” and 10th-grade curricula, according to the recommendations draft.

“The committee recommends the addition of gender to the objective [of a grade 10 lesson plan] to clarify that both sexuality and gender are currently included in the lesson instruction,” the draft reads.

The board also recommends that the school district adopt “gender combined instruction” for sex education lessons on “human growth and development” beginning in fourth grade. Gendered health classes reportedly affirm a “rigid binary based on anatomy,” according to the draft.

“When students are separated by boys and girls, it affirms a rigid binary based on anatomy,” the draft reads. “The practice of segregating students by gender is not inclusive of lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, intersex, and gender diverse students.”

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