June 15, 2021

Backs

U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona backs transgender athletes’ rights

U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona told ESPN that transgender girls have a “right to compete” and suggested that the Biden administration will step in to protect those students’ civil rights, as multiple states enact legislation banning transgender athletes from competing in girls’ and women’s sports.

On June 1, the first day of Pride Month, Florida became the eighth state to ban transgender athletes from girls’ and women’s competitions. In a wide-ranging interview on issues related to sex discrimination and athletes, the new leader of America’s school systems addressed the bans and said it was “nonnegotiable that we’re going to

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D1 Capital Backs Guild Education at $3.8 Billion Value

Guild Education, a startup that helps workers with learning opportunities, has raised $150 million at a $3.8 billion valuation.

That’s up from the $1 billion valuation it fetched raising funds in late 2019, according to Chief Executive Officer and co-founder Rachel Carlson.

The latest round, which includes funding from Dan Sundheim’s investment firm, D1 Capital Partners, a new investor, will be used to double the size of the company’s product and engineering team, she said in an interview.

Corporations use Denver-based Guild Education to connect employees with education opportunities, including degrees from universities, boot camps, English-language courses and certificates. Clients

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Supreme Court Backs Georgia Gwinnett College Student’s Free Speech Lawsuit

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that a student in Georgia could pursue a lawsuit challenging speech restrictions at his college even though he sought only nominal damages.

Justice Clarence Thomas, writing for the majority in the 8-to-1 decision, said a request for even a token sum, typically a dollar, satisfied the Constitution’s requirement that federal courts decide only actual cases or controversies in cases. The fact that the college had withdrawn the speech code challenged in the suit, he wrote, did not make the case moot.

“Despite being small,” Justice Thomas wrote, “nominal damages are certainly concrete.”

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