April 26, 2015
The U.S. Department of Education published new guidance targeted at school districts, emphasizing the need for systems to address sexual harassment and provide equal access to services in counseling, athletics, treatment of pregnant and parenting students, and discipline. Since 1975, school districts have have had to comply with requirements to hire a Title IX coordinator.
California’s S.B. 429, written by Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), would require the California Department of Education to create a training video about Title IX compliance.
Kim Turner, an attorney for the Fair Play for Girls in Sports project of the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center, said many California school districts are out of compliance or unaware of their responsibilities under the law. “Title IX is poorly understood,” Turner said.
Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid at Work