Senator Richard Blumenthal on his support of Title IX provisions in S. 1177, the Every Child Achieves Act.

The Senate resumed debate on S. 1177, the Every Child Achieves Act. It would change the 2001 No Child Left Behind Law by giving more authority to states and local school districts.

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Civil Rights Compliance for Race-Targeted or Sex-Specific Programming

The Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education invites you to participate in an important webinar:

Civil Rights Compliance for Race-Targeted or Sex-Specific Programming

(Wednesday, July 8, 2015, from 2-3pm ET)

During the webinar, OCR staff will describe and explain the legal obligations of school districts under federal law (particularly Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and the U.S. Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause) when they seek to implement race-targeted or sex-specific curricular or extracurricular programs.

District officials, staff, and other interested persons will have the opportunity to ask questions on how to comply with federal civil rights laws while developing programs that target their recruiting or services on discrete populations in need.

No RSVPs are required. Please feel free to forward to others you think might be interested.

To join, follow these steps:

1.      Go to https://educate.webex.com/educate/j.php?MTID=mdbbda78468fb95171e53432b90adb0cf

2.      If requested, enter your name and email address.

3.      If a password is required, enter the meeting password: OCR

4.      Click “Join”.
To view in other time zones or languages, please click the link:  https://educate.webex.com/educate/j.php?MTID=mae49fe59c8b90b60e13f7143bfe8a92c

Please ensure that your computer has speakers in order to hear the meeting. The webinar will also be recorded, captioned, and posted on OCR’s website several weeks after the initial webcast at ed.gov/ocr.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Erin Randall at erin.randall@ed.gov.

We hope you can join us on July 8 from 2-3pm ET.

Thanks,

Office for Civil Rights

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U.S. Department of Justice Affirms Title IX Protection for Transgender Students

Today, the Department of Justice affirmed that Title IX protects the right of transgender students to use the restroom that matches their gender identity. Earlier this month, G.G., a transgender boy in Virginia sued his school district for denying him access to the boys’ restroom and is seeking a court order requiring the school to allow him to use the boys’ restroom before the new school year begins.

The U. S. Department of Justice filed a brief urging the court to grant that relief because denying him access to the restroom violates the school district’s obligations under Title IX. The brief expresses the federal government’s long-held view that Title IX prohibits discrimination against transgender students, a position it has previously taken in Title IX guidance documents and enforcement actions.

 

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DOJ: Gloucester transgender student’s lawsuit has merit under Title IX

The lawsuit filed by a 16-year-old transgender student over Gloucester County’s school restroom policy has merit under federal law, according to court documents filed by the U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday.

The department filed what is called a “statement of interest” in federal court regarding the lawsuit filed earlier this month on behalf of Gavin Grimm by the American Civil Liberties Union. The document filed this week claims the district’s policy violates Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 because it discriminates on the basis of sex, which the department states includes gender identity and transgender status.

Grimm’s lawsuit seeks a court order requiring the School Board to let Grimm, who was born a biological female but identifies as a transgender boy, use the boys restroom.

The suit is charging the division with sex discrimination because of a restroom use policy that was approved by the School Board last December.

The policy restricts students to either single-stall restrooms or the restrooms designated for their biological gender.

The court document filed this week by the U.S. Department of Justice states “there is a strong public interest in requiring the District to treat [Grimm], a transgender male student, like all other male students, including allowing him to use the male restrooms at Gloucester High School.”

It also states that even though Grimm “was assigned the female sex at birth … his gender identity is male and he presents as a boy in all aspects of his life.”

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ADA Update: A Primer for State and Local Governments

Monday, June 15, 2015
Subject: ADA Update: A Primer for State and Local Governments

 

Just released last week, the Department of Justice has published a new technical assistance document, ADA Update: A Primer for State and Local Governments, (attached as a PDF file) to help State and local government officials understand how title II of the ADA applies to their programs, activities, and services. This 16-page illustrated guide addresses general nondiscrimination requirements, such as provisions relating to program accessibility, service animals, communicating with people with disabilities, other power-driven mobility devices, and policies and procedures. The document also addresses how the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design apply to the built environment, including existing buildings and facilities, new construction, and alterations.

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