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TITLE IX.COM The Internet’s Primary Clearinghouse for All Things Title IX
May 26th, 2017 by

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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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Betsy DuVos: An Ominous Choice for Secretary of Education
Dec 6th, 2016 by

To gain the most from this FMF article check out the very helpful links.  For initial specifics on Title IX see also the Title IX Blog. https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#search/Title+Ix+/15897307ebec0de8?compose=158aeb1ac419de90 which is pasted below

This FMF newswire story.

http://feminist.org/blog/index.php/2016/11/28/betsy-duvos-an-ominous-choice-for-secretary-of-education/

Betsy DuVos: An Ominous Choice for Secretary of Education

by FEMINIST NEWSWIRE on Nov 28, 2016 • 6:11 PM

Billionaire philanthropist and former chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party, Betsy DeVos, has been nominated by Donald Trump for Secretary of Education. DuVos is a staunch advocate for school choice, showing that Trump intends to uphold his controversial $20 billion school voucher plan from his presidential campaign.

School choice by means of a voucher plan is intended to allow parents to select alternate education institutions for their children and redirect those funds away from public schools, sometimes to for profit institutions with very little regulation.

According to the National Education Association (NEA), vouchers for school choice are not a solution to the multi-faceted issues that students and parents face today. The NEA points out that there are educational, social, legal, and political ramifications of a voucher system, stating that “a pure voucher system would only encourage economic, racial, ethnic, and religious stratification in our society.”

President Lily Eskelsen García of the NEA says that DeVos “has consistently pushed a corporate agenda to privatize, de-professionalize and impose cookie-cutter solutions to public education.”

The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) also commented on DeVos’ nomination, decrying her as “everything Donald Trump said is wrong in America—an ultra-wealthy heiress who uses her money to game the system and push a special-interest agenda that is opposed by the majority of voters. Installing her in the Department of Education is the opposite of Trump’s promise to drain the swamp.”

DeVos’ work on the boards of Children First America and the American Education Reform Council, both education-based charities, primarily focused on pushing educational choice with vouchers.

DeVos and her family also have a history of supporting anti-LGBTQ organizations. They have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to organizations that believe in “conversion therapy”; they are major supporters of Focus on the Family, a conservative Christian group whose founder called the battle against LGBT rights a “second civil war.”

Her husband, Dick DeVos, is the heir of Amway, a company that has been scrutinized for its “pyramid scheme” tactics, using distributors solely to rake in other new distributors, rather than to actually sell products to outside customers.

In the past, education secretaries have had extensive backgrounds in education. Betsy DeVos has no direct experience in education. Her philanthropic work has simply, at times, been involved in education.

“By nominating Betsy DeVos,” continued Garcia, “the Trump administration has demonstrated just how out of touch it is with what works best for students, parents, educators and communities.”

 

Media Resources: University of North Carolina 2015, Washington Post 11/27/2016, National Education Association, NPR 11/23/16, American Federation of Teachers 11/23/16, Philanthropy Roundtable 2013, Politico 11/25/16, USA Today 2/10/11

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Find Your Title IX Coordinator on This Map
Jun 24th, 2016 by

All K–12 schools that receive federal funds must designate at least one employee to coordinate their efforts to comply with and carry out their responsibilities under Title IX. These Title IX coordinators ensure that every person affected by sex discrimination in schools — students, parents, and employees — are aware of their legal rights, including how to file a complaint.

 

Find Your Title IX Coordinator on This Map

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How Teachers and Coaches Can Defend Against Sexual Harassment
Jun 15th, 2016 by

Katz Marshall & Banks LLP

USA June 14 2016

Over forty years ago, Congress enacted Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) to eliminate sex discrimination in educational institutions. Though much progress has been made since Title IX’s enactment, gender equity issues continue to plague colleges and universities. While responsibility for ensuring full and effective compliance with Title IX requires institutional support and engagement at all levels, teachers and coaches play a particularly important role in ensuring effective enforcement of Title IX, as they are often in the best position to identify discrimination and bring it to the attention of administrators.

Unfortunately, however, it is not uncommon for teachers or coaches to face pushback from their educational institutions if and when they complain about sex discrimination. While such retaliatory acts can be intimidating, teachers and coaches should not be deterred from making Title IX complaints because of fear of retaliation. Indeed, because reporting incidents of discrimination is so vital to Title IX enforcement, the Supreme Court has held that Title IX’s private right action encompasses suits for retaliation – see Jackson v. Birmingham Bd. of Educ., 544 U.S. 167, 174 (2005). That means that institutions covered under Title IX are prohibited from terminating or otherwise discriminating against a teacher or coach because he or she opposed or protested sex discrimination.

Though the statute of limitations within which you must bring a Title IX retaliation claim varies by state, all Title IX retaliation complaints require proof of three elements that teachers or coaches considering filing a complaint should be aware of. Stated simply, these elements are:

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