Republican members of the Greenwich Board of Education recently blocked passage of a Title IX policy for students, citing a desire to retain flexibility to discriminate against transgender athletes and potentially ban trans athletes from competing on teams. female athletes.
According to outside counsel testimony at the January 20 BOE meeting (timestamp 2:03:29), federal and state laws require the board to adopt and disseminate the Title IX policy protecting students and staff. against sexual discrimination and sexual harassment, as well as an outline of claims reporting procedures and staff training. The US Department of Education clarified in 2021 that Title IX specifically includes protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, thus schools are not permitted to exclude transgender athletes from teams.