Some Federal Funding Recipients Not Complying With Title IX
The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has found that some recipients of federal financial assistance are not complying with important provisions of Title IX regulations. Specifically, regulations for Title IX, the landmark 1972 law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded education, requires that every recipient of federal funding designate and adequately train at least one Title IX coordinator. In addition to failure to designate Title IX coordinators, they failed to adopt and disseminate nondiscrimination policies, and to establish grievance procedures to address claims of sex discrimination.
In response to this finding, Kenneth L. Marcus, Acting Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, US Department of Education, issued a letter reminding recipients of federal financial assistance that they must fully comply with Title IX and designate a Title IX coordinator. Members of the National Coalition for Women and Girls in Education (NCGWE), including the Feminist Majority Foundation, have been urging the Department of Education to ensure compliance with this requirement in order to strengthen Title IX.
The Feminist Majority Foundation is urging the Office for Civil Rights to create a public electronic web listing of all Title IX coordinators. This will help students, teachers, and parents know who to contact for advice and complaints in their own pre-schools and elementary and secondary schools as well as post secondary institutions. Such a listing will also help the Title IX coordinators share best practices with each other across schools and at district, and state levels.
“Members of the NCWGE would like to see the Department build on this important letter reminding educators to designate Title IX Coordinators and to do even more to fulfill its unique federal civil rights responsibilities associated with Title IX,” said Dr. Sue Klein, FMF’s Education Equity Director. “Furthermore, it is imperative that the Department of Education stop its attempts to weaken Title IX regulations, first by attacking its guidelines for athletics and now by attempting to allow sex segregation in publicly funded schools.”