Re: Title IX support axed -Reply

Linda Purrington (
Mon, 06 Apr 1998 17:54:38 -0700

The recent (1994?) revisions of OCR procedures say that letters of
finding will be forthcoming at the OCR's discretion, and only in cases
where the case is considered to be "of significance." (lot of leeway.)
And the OCR does not need to accept all reports of violation; it can
decide to accept reject a case. I am quite sure these revisions were
national; even so, it is possible that they were applied in some areas
and not in others; there's an astonishingly wide range of possible
responses among the various regional offices.
Linda Purrington <>
Title IX Advocates
(of the Education Amendments of 1972)

> Exactly what revisd procedures are you discussing? To my knowledge,
> OCR must investigate all claims under those statutes they enforce. They
> do test for jurisdiction. OCR also does attempt negotiation, but both
> parties must agree. As to my state (Nebraska), I am 30% FTE Title IX,
> and am the only one providing assistance at the state level in all areas of
> Title IX compliance. We have over 600 public school districts and 77,000
> square miles in my state. We do have some portion of positions in a very
> limited scope in voc ed that deal w/ Title IX as it relates to only voc ed
> programming. I was 100% Title IV before the axe.
> >>> Linda Purrington <> 04/02/98 10:34pm >>>
> So in 1996 Title IX enforcement was dealt a major blow by axing Title
> IV. And when were the Office for Civil Rights revised procedures put
> inplace? Those procedures also dealt enforcement a blow, no longer
> supplying Letters of Finding, and only accepting selected cases (no
> redress for all clients, just for a few). What is the scope (funding,
> personnel) of state programs for gender equity nationwide and broken
> down by state?
> Also, does anyone know where to find the Title IX regulation on the
> Web? OCR just has a small summary posted.
> Linda Purington
> Title IX Advocates <>
> Shevitz wrote:
> > > A point of clarification regarding Title IX and federal funding...While
> > the Title IX legislation does not provide funding for school programs,
> > there was federal funding that supported Title IX activities directly at
> > the state level until 1996. Funding was provided for two decades
> under
> > "Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 Training and Advisory Services"
> > in the U. S. Department of Education's budget. These monies were
> granted
> > to state departments of education for "desegregation assistance
> related to
> > race, sex, and national origin." For most states, Title IV programs
> > supported a staff position and funding for activities related to
> > implementation of Title IX within that state. School districts received
> > direct assistance and resources related to Title IX through these
> programs.
> > In 1996 Congress eliminated funding for state departmentx of education
> > Title IV gender, race, and national origin equity programs, which had a
> > devastating impact on the monitoring and implementation of Title IX at
> the
> > state level. Ten regional desegregation assistance centers are still
> funded
> > under the Title IV program, and can provide Title IX assistance to local
> > school districts, but not at the same level. The federal Carl Perkins
> > Vocational Education Act, which to date still mandates set-aside sex
> equity
> > funds, is currently providing monies to state education agencies for
> > career/technology/vocational education equity projects. These
> projects
> > relate to Title IX issues. Equity advocates from local school districts
> > should let their state departments of education know that they want the
> > state to assume responsibility for funding Title IX services when no
> > federal funding is available. Linda Shevitz, Maryland State Department
> of
> > Education 410-767-0428;

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