Scott Praises Biden-Harris Administration Move to Protect Students from Discrimination

June 16, 2021
Press Release

As originally released by the Committee on Education & Labor

WASHINGTON, DC – Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) released the following statement in response to the Education Department’s Notice of Interpretation that will prohibit schools receiving federal funds from discriminating against students on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

“I applaud the Biden-Harris Administration for taking this important step to strengthen protections against discrimination in schools. This announcement reflects our shared commitment to providing all students a safe and welcoming environment, and it aligns the Education Department’s interpretation of civil rights law with the definition established by the Supreme Court last year.

“The Court’s 2020 opinion in Bostock v. Clayton County found that the Civil Rights Act’s prohibition on sex-based discrimination includes acts of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Today, the Education Department is rightly clarifying that it will use the Court’s interpretation of sex-based discrimination in its historic Bostock decision in the Department’s enforcement of students' civil rights. 

“I applaud the Biden-Harris Administration for doing the right thing to ensure that these students receive equal protection under our civil rights laws. As a result of today’s action, LGBTQ students will have strong and clear legal protections from discrimination in schools, and a safe learning environment.” 

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