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Title IX at 45
May 3rd, 2017 by

The 45th anniversary of Title IX, the groundbreaking antidiscrimination law ensuring protection against sex discrimination in education, is this June. Experts weigh in on progress made in recent years, and what is needed to ensure it continues.

Rising above partisanship and gender politics, Title IX has historically garnered support from both Democrats and Republicans. This, according to Lisa Maatz, vice president of government relations and advocacy for the American Association of University Women (AAUW), is because the law guarantees equal rights to an education for girls and boys, and women and men. Title IX’s mandate extends far beyond its widely known role in expanding women’s access to athletics programs.

 “Title IX is hugely popular, and it’s a bipartisan issue. We don’t expect that to change,” Maatz said.

Echoing this sentiment, Sue Klein, Ed.D., education equity director for the Feminist Majority Foundation and a 34-year veteran of gender-equity research at the U.S. Department of Education, notes that many state and local laws also guarantee equal education rights to girls and boys and to women and men, and that federal agencies such as NASA, the National Science Foundation, and the Department of Justice support gender-rights education programs and activities along with the Education Department.

Dr. Klein and the Feminist Majority Foundation urge Title IX supporters to show their commitment to ending sex discrimination in their own communities by building on the Obama administration’s good work, including providing guidance, tools, and public enforcement decisions that have fortified Title IX. In view of all the unknowns posed by a new administration in Washington, advocates are also preparing to celebrate the groundbreaking antidiscrimination law’s 45th anniversary in June, making Dr. Klein’s recommendation all the more timely.

AT THE CORE OF COMPLIANCE: TITLE IX COORDINATORS

The people responsible for making sure Title IX works in schools, colleges, and universities across the country are called coordinators. At least one Title IX coordinator is required to work in every institution nationwide that receives federal funds for education programs or activities, and information about how to contact them should be posted on each school’s website.

Indeed, the Obama administration’s Department of Education encouraged greater attention to the important roles of required Title IX coordinators by providing the Title IX Resource Guide (http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/dcl-title-ix-coordinators-guide-201504.pdf) and the names, emails, and other ways to contact Title IX coordinators in 16,000 school districts and 7,000 colleges and universities, Dr. Klein said.

These school district Title IX coordinators are also encouraged to train and work with counterparts in all their public schools, to establish teams of coordinators with expertise in many areas of Title IX responsibility, such as ending sex discrimination and gender stereotyping in academics, athletics, employment, disciplinary practices, and sexual harassment and assault.

For example, Stop Sexual Assault in Schools (http://stopsexualassaultinschools.org/) has released its action plan on video, “Sexual Harassment: Not in Our School,” which showcases a student gender equity group learning from legal and education experts, student survivors, Title IX coordinators, and victim assistance providers about practical ways to ensure that their schools provide safe and equal learning opportunities.

That’s important because of intensified efforts by students, elected officials, and the Obama administration to deal with issues such as sexual violence, sexual harassment, LGBTQ discrimination, and equal access for women and girls to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs, and to college lab space, research assistants, and other support proportionate to their male colleagues.

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The Connecticut Model for PK-12 Title IX Implementation
Aug 25th, 2015 by

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.

Register – https://atixa.org/

The 2015 ATIXA/SCOPE Joint National Conference

OCTOBER 6th – 9th, 2015
SHERATON SOCIETY HILL HOTEL
PHILADELPHIA, PA

 

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Senator Richard Blumenthal on his support of Title IX provisions in S. 1177, the Every Child Achieves Act.
Jul 8th, 2015 by

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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Forest Hills Schools settles sex assault suit for $600K
Jun 18th, 2015 by

According to ATIXA, the average Title IX lawsuit settlement is $200,000.

 

Source: http://woodtv.com/2015/06/17/forest-hills-schools-settles-sex-assault-lawsuit-for-600k/

 

Forest Hills Schools settles sex assault suit for $600K


Dani Carlson and 24 Hour News 8 web staff  
Published: June 17, 2015, 10:17 am  Updated: June 17, 2015, 7:26 pm
ADA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A student who sued Forest Hills Public Schools after claiming she was sexually assaulted by a classmate will be paid a $600,000 settlement.

The student claimed that the school district did not protect her from harassment after she filed a complaint, and instead protected the suspect, who was an athlete. She was 15 at the time of the incident in 2010.

Settlement agreements obtained through the Freedom of Information Act show the school district’s insurance carrier agreed to pay the victim $600,000 to settle the lawsuit. The plaintiff will have to pay her attorney costs and taxes from that sum.

A federal judge had previously ruled that the school district failed to train its staff in how to properly handle Title IX allegations. Under the settlement agreement, Forest Hills Public Schools “will sponsor Title IX training as part of its existing Global Learning Initiative program.”

Part of Title IX requires that school districts “take prompt and effective corrective action,” which includes conducting a separate investigation that may not wait until after a criminal investigation is complete.

“The school cannot just throw up their hands and say, ‘Hey, criminal act, we’re out of it. Call the cops. Our job is done.’ That’s just not the law,” said attorney Genie Eardley.

Eardley is suing Grand Rapids Public Schools on a different alleged Title IX violation.

But Charyn Hayn, an attorney with Varnum LLP, a law firm that represents other school districts, said that school investigations don’t have the same power as criminal ones.

“The district should, at the same time the criminal investigation is ongoing, continue their own investigation. I think the disconnect — if you can call it that — comes just the fact that the internal investigation done by these schools Title IX coordinator is limited,” Hayn said.

She said the districts don’t have subpoena power and the administrators, and teachers investigating may have training but not day-to-day experience.

“The process they have to follow, they don’t have to do it very often, thank goodness. I mean, this is not a daily experience for any district,” Hayn said.

The student, identified as Jane Doe in legal documents, claims she was sexually assaulted by classmate and star basketball player Marques Mondy in a band practice room in 2010.

Prosecutors originally chose not to pursue the case, but later filed charges against Mondy after another student came forward with allegations that he inappropriately touched her, as well.

Mondy was charged with fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct, but pleaded to a juvenile charge of assault and battery and was sentenced to probation.

 

 

 

 

 

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Connecticut’s Title IX Program
May 7th, 2015 by

I have received several inquiries about Connecticut’s Title IX Program. Here is how to find it.

 

Go to our main website at http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/

 

On the main page go to the right side column called “QuickLinks.

 

Click on the fifth item down – Bullying and Harassment

 

On that page there are some key links –

 

Public Act No. 11-55 [pdf] – AN ACT CONCERNING DISCRIMINATION

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 –

  • “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, or denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving federal assistance.”
  • Directory of CT Title IX/Equity Coordinators

 

*** near the bottom of the page click on the main Title IX website – Also see Title IX Website –

 

Click on Resources for Title IX Coordinators

 

You will see the actual PowerPoints that we use for training –

Title IX Coordinator and Investigations Training

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