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Trans students will be able to play on teams that align with their gender identity: Biden proposes

Trans students will be able to play on teams that align with their gender identity: Biden proposes
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By Carolyn Jones. EdSource. Bay City News.

Schools can't bar students from playing on sports teams that match their gender identity, but they do have some flexibility to limit trans students' participation in competitive situations, the US Department of Education announced Thursday.

The announcement, intended to clarify Title IX rules, limits two years of input from students, parents, coaches and school staff. The public has 30 days to comment on the proposed change before it becomes final.

"Every student should be able to have the full experience of attending school in the United States, including participation in sports, without discrimination," said US Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. 

“Being on a sports team is an important part of the school experience for students of all ages. Beyond all the physical and mental health benefits, playing on a team teaches students how to work hard, get along with others, believe in themselves, and develop healthy habits that will last a lifetime. Today's proposed rule is designed to support Title IX protection for equal sports opportunity."

Title IX, dating from 1972, is a federal law that requires schools, colleges, and universities to provide equal opportunity to all students, regardless of gender. In February, the department's Office for Civil Rights issued updated guidance to help schools address issues related to athletics, compliance, and filing complaints.

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