National Parents Union Releases Statement on Decision by U.S. Department of Education to Reinstate Critical Protections for Students Under Title IX

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APRIL 19, 2024, BOSTON, MA – The U.S. Department of Education has taken a significant step in safeguarding students against sexual harassment and assault by reinstating crucial protections under Title IX. The updated Title IX rule, set to go into effect on August 1, reinforces the commitment to promptly investigate complaints, extending protections to LGBTQ+ students, and mandating comprehensive training for school employees to address gender discrimination.

Keri Rodrigues, President of the National Parents Union, said:

“Every child deserves to feel safe in school – and it’s up to all of us to ensure that every adult in the building is ready to help create that environment. The National Parents Union wholeheartedly applauds the Department of Education’s commitment to reinstating and strengthening Title IX protections – especially for our LGBTQ+ students. This progress is a crucial step toward ensuring that every student can learn in an environment free from harassment and discrimination.

At the same time, we must also continue to emphasize the urgency of action when things go wrong. Every complaint that lingers unresolved is a missed opportunity to uphold justice and safety in our schools. It is imperative that districts act quickly to ensure that no child’s educational journey is hindered by discrimination or harassment. Together, let’s hold our education system accountable and ensure it delivers on its promise of safety and equality for all.”


This restoration of protections comes after a period of uncertainty and controversy surrounding Title IX, where the rights of students, particularly LGBTQ+ individuals, were at risk.

While this development marks a significant milestone, there remains unresolved debate surrounding transgender students’ participation in school sports. Despite potential challenges and partisan objections, the Department of Education’s commitment to inclusive policies is commendable and aligned with President  Biden’s pledge to overhaul Title IX.

We applaud the Department of Education for prioritizing the safety and well-being of all students and commend their efforts to ensure that educational environments are safe, welcoming, and respectful of every individual’s rights. As the new rule takes effect, we urge school districts to swiftly implement necessary measures to uphold these protections and support all students. Every student deserves to feel safe and welcome in their school.


With nearly 1,500 affiliated parent organizations in all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico, the National Parents Union is the united, independent voice of modern American families. We channel the power of parents into powerful policies that improve the lives of children, families and communities across the United States.