Students and Parents for Privacy v. United States Department of Education

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Description:  Township High School District 211 in Palatine, Illinois, disregarded student privacy and safety when it secretly opened its schools’ restrooms to the opposite sex and then opened the girls’ locker room to a boy after the U.S. Department of Education threatened the district’s federal funding. The agency based its threat on its inaccurate interpretation of Title IX, a 1972 federal law whose accompanying regulations, contrary to the agency’s opinion, actually authorize schools to retain single-sex restrooms and locker rooms.  Read more >>

Federal agencies dropped from student privacy lawsuits

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Gary McCaleb regarding notices filed Tuesday in two federal court cases, Students and Parents for Privacy v. United States Department of Education and Board of Education of the Highland Local School District v. United States Department of Education, that remove the defendant federal agencies and officials from the lawsuits because of their change of position on student privacy, leaving in place the remaining defendants:

“Earlier this year, the Departments of Education and Justice rescinded the misleading, nationwide Obama-era ‘guidance’ that improperly redefined ‘sex’ in Title IX. Having clarified the issue nationally, the federal agencies are doing the right thing by no longer enforcing that obsolete and erroneous guidance against these local school districts. This was exactly what ADF and our clients sought from the federal government when we filed suit, and we commend the federal officials who have abandoned the experiment of intermingling the sexes within school locker rooms, showers, restrooms, and other privacy facilities. Because they have done this, it is no longer necessary to list them in these lawsuits. Local school officials can now work to protect the privacy of every student without improper pressure from Washington.”

Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith.
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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Previous news releases:

  • 2017-06-20: Federal agencies dropped from student privacy lawsuits
  • 2017-02-22: Trump takes important first step to protect privacy and dignity of students across America
  • 2016-10-18: Illinois families: Court should reject magistrate’s recommendation to ignore student privacy
  • 2016-08-12: 51 Illinois families make their case to halt invasion of student privacy, federal overreach
  • 2016-05-25: Federal overreach jeopardizes students’ privacy
  • 2016-05-04: 51 families sue feds, Chicago-area school district for violating student privacy
  • 2016-05-03: 50 Palatine-area families to announce lawsuit against US DOE, school district
  • 2015-10-20: Illinois school district on solid ground to respect children’s privacy

  • Jeremy Tedesco: The difference between privacy rights in abortion and same-sex locker rooms cases (Daily Signal, 2016-07-21)
  • Matt Sharp: ACLU misses mark on student ignoring it (Chicago Tribune, 2016-05-25)
  • Matt Sharp: No, federal law does not require entities to allow men into women’s restrooms (CNS News, 2016-04-26)
  • Matt Sharp: Girls sharing showers with boys at public schools (CNS News, 2015-12-15)

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