Trustees in Keller Independent School District unanimously passed a resolution rejecting the Biden administration’s recent rewrite of Title IX, the federal civil rights law designed to protect women from sex-based discrimination in education.

A federal court already struck down the 1,500-page revision, which added “gender identity” as a protected class.

Biden’s new interpretation of the law would have undermined Title IX’s protections for girls in K-12 schools by mandating compliance with radical gender ideology, forcing schools to allow boys into girls’ facilities and activities. Schools that refused were threatened with loss of federal education funds.

Trustee Chris Coker called Biden’s Title IX rewrite “extreme government overreach” and said he was “extremely happy” to sign the resolution protecting women.

Keller ISD trustees adopted privacy and free speech policies last June that require sex-separated personal spaces and prevent anyone from being forced to use particular pronouns.

The resolution adopted at Thursday night’s school board meeting denounces the Biden administration’s Title IX revision, expressing Keller ISD’s “deep concern over the negative impact it will have on female students.” The document affirms:

  • The unique characteristics of the two human genders—male and female—are distinct, valuable, and immutable;
  • The words “female,” “girl,” and “woman” are an essential recognition of scientific reality, which must have priority over language of preferred personal identification; and
  • Female athletes should be able to compete with dignity and have equal chances of opportunity and success.

The resolution also confirms Keller ISD will:

  • Ensure women and girls are not sidelined, or their safety jeopardized, to validate the feelings and identity of males;
  • Protect female sports, restrooms, locker rooms, and other sex-specific spaces; and
  • Not implement or consider any policy or procedural changes that would disenfranchise female students.

Trustee Joni Shaw Smith emphasized the importance of the resolution for girls participating in sports.

“We are protecting female students from unfair competitive conditions that prioritize gender ideology over biological reality,” Smith explained.

“By allowing biological males the opportunity to participate in female sports, we are depriving biological female athletes the opportunities and potential championship titles that they have trained so hard for… We are literally stripping them of their right to a fair playing field,” said Smith.

“This isn’t just common sense; it’s conclusive science,” she added.

This resolution is not political posturing but a way of protecting the safety of our biologically female athletes and preserving the integrity of women’s sports and the very purpose of Title IX: equal opportunities for women and girls.

The resolution was approved 6-0.

One Keller ISD school board seat is open and will be filled by trustees. The district is accepting candidate applications through June 30.

Keller joins other Texas districts that have rejected Biden’s attempt to force “transgender” ideology into schools.

Trustees in Carroll ISD and Mansfield ISD passed similar resolutions denouncing the revised rule as harmful to students. Carroll ISD also filed a lawsuit against the Title IX rewrite.

Tyler ISD rejected the Biden administration’s rewrite, citing Gov. Greg Abbott’s instruction to the Texas Education Agency to ignore the new Title IX rule.

A resolution passed by Hood County commissioners called on local school districts to reject the revised regulations and, if necessary, the federal funds tied to them.

After Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sued to stop enforcement of Biden’s new rule, a federal court struck down the “illegal guidance.”

On Tuesday, Paxton issued an advisory to Texas schools for applying Title IX in light of the court ruling.

Paxton added, “If any Texas school district adopts a policy or procedure that conflicts with or contravenes state law, then I will pursue every remedy available to protect students from these illegal and radical policies.”

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.