The Connecticut Model for PK-12 Title IX Implementation

Bill Howe, Ed.D., State of Connecticut Title IX Coordinator (Retired), CT State Department of Education Connecticut is recognized nationally for its model implementation of Title IX in PK-12 schools. From its extensive website, training programs, Title IX database, technical assistance and enforcement activities, it stands as a model for the nation. Using a combination of lecturette, case studies, simulations and quizzes, this program will offer insight into the state’s Title IX Coordinator training, annual survey of school districts, enforcement and technical assistance functions and overlay of the importance of cultural competence in compliance positions.

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The 2015 ATIXA/SCOPE Joint National Conference

OCTOBER 6th – 9th, 2015



New Guide On Supporting Transgender Students In K-12 Environments

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation and itsWelcoming Schools project are proud to be a part of the team that created Schools In Transition: A Guide for Supporting Transgender Students in K-12 Schools, a resource that will provide educators with guidance for supporting transgender students.

The guide, led by the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and Gender Spectrum, and co-produced with the National Education Association (NEA), the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, will help school administrators, teachers, parents, caregivers and other community members understand the needs of transgender youth and the best ways to support them.

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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.


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

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:

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

If you have any questions, please reach out to Erin Randall at

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


Office for Civil Rights


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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