OCR and Title IX

Linda Purrington (lpurring@earthlink.net)
Wed, 29 Apr 1998 12:41:47 -0700

The following paragraph is excerpted from Title IX: 25 Years of Progress
[sic] (Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 1997). It
troubles me that this is held out as an example of how success in
equity; do you have a similar reaction?:

"Sexual Asaults and Threats in High School
In one school district, a disabled sophomore high school student was
sexually harassed by her male music teacher. She filed a complaint under
Title IX revealing that her school district ignored her complaints about
the teacher's behavior. As a result, the school district agreed to place
the student in another district and to pay all related costs including
$2,000 for counseling fees."

Why is there no mention of consequences for the teacher? What
consequences were given? What consequences are appropriate? Why are
girls still being moved rather than environments cleaned up?

Linda Purrington
Title IX Advocates

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