After Carroll Independent School District trustees passed a resolution denouncing President Joe Biden’s rewrite of Title IX, the district is now moving forward with legal action.

Following the board meeting last week, the board unanimously approved a motion for its legal counsel, Alliance Defending Freedom, to “proceed with litigation against all necessary parties related to proposed changes to Title 9 and their effect on Carroll ISD.”

Before the vote, Board President Cameron Bryan supported using ADF saying, “The board takes its responsibility to ensure the safety and security of all CISD students, staff, and parents seriously and will always take the necessary steps to preserve that responsibility. In particular, this is about protecting our daughters and girls from boys accessing their bathrooms and locker rooms and competing on their athletic teams.”

“Since the Title IX changes are set to take effect on August 1, 2024, it is imperative that we act to take action now,” he added.

Brady Gray, president of Texas Family Project, told Texas Scorecard, “Carroll ISD is a shining example of how school boards and government bodies across the country should respond to the outrageous policies of the Biden administration.”

Earlier this month, Texas Scorecard reported Carroll ISD trustees unanimously passed a resolution denouncing the Title IX rewrite, expressing their deep concern for the negative impact it will have on Carroll ISD students and the community. 

“These changes may introduce confusion and ambiguity regarding the implementation and enforcement of Title IX, potentially jeopardizing the safety and well-being of students in our district,” reads the resolution.

Last month, the Biden administration released a nearly 1,500-page rewrite of Title IX rules—the federal civil rights law designed to prohibit sex-based discrimination in education.

The new version would add “gender identity” as a protected class. It would also force schools to allow biological males to use female spaces. If a school refuses to comply, federal funding would be withheld. 

On top of Carroll ISD moving forward with legal action, Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration after the rewrite was released, saying the new rule infringes on Texas’ sovereignty by “imposing substantial pressure on Texas to change its laws and policies.” 

Gov. Greg Abbott also sent a letter to Biden condemning the revision and instructing the Texas Education Agency to ignore the new rule. He later directed public universities to do the same.

Unless the legal challenges are successful, the new rule will take effect on August 1, 2024. 

Emily Medeiros

Emily graduated from the University of Oklahoma majoring in Journalism. She is excited to use her research and writing skills to report on important issues around Texas.