Local officials in Hood County are the latest to reject the Biden administration’s drastic rewrite of Title IX, which undermines the law’s protections for girls in schools by mandating compliance with radical gender ideology.

Hood County Commissioners approved a resolution denouncing the Title IX changes at their May 14 meeting.

“It passed unanimously, with applause from the attendees,” said Commissioner Nanette Samuelson.

Commissioners cited concerns about the safety and well-being of female students.

The Biden administration released its nearly 1,500-page rewrite of Title IX—the federal civil rights law designed to protect women from sex-based discrimination in education—in April.

The new version adds “gender identity” as a protected class and forces schools to allow males in female spaces—including bathrooms, and locker rooms where students undress and shower.

If a school refuses to comply with the changes, the government threatens to withhold federal funding.

Commissioners said in their resolution that the proposed changes to Title IX “far exceed the President’s Executive Powers and therefore far exceed his constitutional authority.”

The county’s resolution urges school districts within Hood County—Granbury, Tolar, and Lipan Independent School Districts—to join the commissioners’ court in denouncing the regulatory changes, which are set to take effect on August 1.

The resolution also calls for the districts to “consider finding alternatives to accepting federal funds.”

In addition, commissioners asked the schools to “reaffirm their commitment to maintaining a safe and secure learning environment for all students, free from discrimination, harassment, and violence.”

Earlier this month, Carroll ISD became the first Texas school district to denounce the Title IX changes. Last week, trustees authorized the district’s outside attorneys to proceed with litigation as necessary.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has sued to block the rewrite, arguing that it “denies women the protections Title IX was intended to afford them.”

Erin Anderson

Erin Anderson is a Senior Journalist for Texas Scorecard, reporting on state and local issues, events, and government actions that impact people in communities throughout Texas and the DFW Metroplex. A native Texan, Erin grew up in the Houston area and now lives in Collin County.