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.”
8/28/2015 Alaska Court Protects Abortion Access for Low-Income Women - The Alaska Superior Court struck down a state law yesterday that would have severely limited abortion access for low-income women in Alaska.
The state's Superior Court also struck down a Department of Health and Social Services regulation that placed narrow specifications on Medicaid coverage for abortions, requiring that Medicaid-funded abortions be determined by a physician to be "medically necessary." Last year, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Planned Parenthood sued on behalf of the Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, claiming that the narrow definition of "medically necessary" arbitrarily established conditions designed to restrict the ability of low-income women to access abortion services.
The law was temporarily blocked last July by an Alaskan state court judge.
Superior Court Judge John Suddock ordered yesterday that the state be blocked from implementing this regulation, ruling that it placed an undue burden on low-income women seeking abortion services in Alaska.
"By providing health care to all poor Alaskans except women who need abortions, the challenged regulation violates the state constitutional guarantee of 'equal rights, opportunities, and protection under the law'," the ruling read.
"We applaud the superior court for striing down these cruel restrictions on women's health and rights that violate the Alaska Constitution," said Chris Charbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands. . . .
8/26/2015 Saudi Women Prepare to Vote for the First Time - The fight for gender equality is making slow but notable progress in Saudi Arabia, where women will be allowed to vote for the first time in upcoming December elections.
This shift in Saudi law came in 2011, when a royal decree announced that women would be allowed to vote and run in local elections beginning in December of 2015. . . .