The California Title IX Coalition today is releasing recommendations (Results & Recommendations from Nine Local Assessments) to increase implementation of Title IX in school districts throughout the state. Based on local assessments of high schools conducted by 9 community teams, as well as input of Title IX Coalition members, five recommendations will be presented at a state Senate Judiciary Committee informational hearing: Attaining Equal Opportunity for Girls in California’s Secondary Schools: How our Schools are Complying with Title IX.
The California Title IX Coalition is convened by CCRWF and includes AAUW-CA, Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center, Equal Rights Advocates, and California Women’s Law Center
The Top 5 Recommendations offer guidance to implement the federal law’s mandated requirements.
The Senate Judiciary hearing was organized at the direction of Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, the chair of the committee and chair of the California Legislative Women’s Caucus. Senator Jackson successfully authored SB 1349 in 2014. Beginning in the 2015-16 school year, this new law will require information on athletic participation, broken down by gender, to be posted on school district websites.
The California Title IX Coalition report makes 5 Top Recommendations:
Statewide Responsibility for Implementation of Title IX
1. To provide local school districts the knowledge and tools to implement Title IX, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction and the California School Boards Association should collaborate to offer bi-annual trainings, model policies, templates for communications, and other best practices.
Local Responsibility for Implementation of Title IX‘
2. The Superintendent in every school district throughout the state should ensure, prior to the start of each school year, that a Title IX Coordinator is identified and trained – and clarify if the Coordinator’s responsibilities are district-wide or if they will be working with Title IX Coordinators assigned in each school. Superintendents should require schools to prominently post on their websites contact information for their Title IX Coordinators and also provide contact information in bi-annual notices to administrators, teachers, staff, students and parents.
3. Each local school board should hold an annual meeting to evaluate the status of Title IX implementation for their district, using the Title IX Compliance Check List or other systematic evaluation instrument. The focus of the local evaluations should be data-based and action-oriented, providing an opportunity for school board members to assess compliance and set objectives for implementation. At minimum, the evaluation should focus on the Title IX Coordinator, athletics, sexual harassment, and pregnant and parenting teens.
4. Superintendents and local school boards should ensure that schools offer optimal training of administrators, staff, and teachers, and that parents and teens are notified of the schools’ Title IX policies, practices and complaint procedures.
Responsibility for Oversight
5. The California Legislative Women’s Caucus, in partnership with the Education and Judicial Committees in both the State Senate and State Assembly, should hold an annual oversight hearing to ensure that the California Superintendent of Public Instruction and local school districts are moving forward to implement Title IX.
The goal of the Coalition’s work is to bring a stronger focus on implementation and to provide school districts with the model policies, templates, tools, and trainings they need to successfully open up doors and opportunities for girls and young women throughout California.
For more information about the California Title IX Coalition, email email@example.com.