Title IX

Title IX, a groundbreaking statute intended to end sex discrimination in education, became the law of the land on June 23, 1972. While most famous for its requirement that schools provide girls with equal athletic opportunities, the law applies to all educational programs that receive federal funding, and to all aspects of a school's educational system. Title IX benefits both boys and girls and is the lynchpin of 40 years of efforts to promote and establish gender equity in schools. Learn more >>

When Anne Frank’s Perspective Isn’t Good Enough For Your Students, It’s Time To Get A New Program

When Anne Frank’s Perspective Isn’t Good Enough For Your Students, It’s Time To Get A New Program

By Christina Brandt-Young, Attorney, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 12:54pm
Today, the ACLU Women’s Rights Project issued a preliminary report to the federal Department of Education, detailing the preliminary findings of our Teach Kids, Not Stereotypes campaign. After studying documents from single-sex classes in public schools in 11 states, the report explains that a significant percentage of these schools overwhelmingly base their programs on discredited science rooted in sex stereotypes, and don’t offer parents any reasonable alternative, in violation of the Constitution and Title IX.

No Gaming the System When it Comes to Title IX

By Tiseme Zegeye, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 5:24pm

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Title IX, the groundbreaking federal law passed in 1972 to eliminate sex discrimination in educational institutions that receive federal funding. However, after four decades, its mandate continues to be ignored.

Today,…

Another High School Rejects Stereotypes and Returns to Coeducation

Another High School Rejects Stereotypes and Returns to Coeducation

By Allie Bohm, Advocacy & Policy Strategist, ACLU at 12:06pm

Central High School in La Crosse, Wisconsin has an anti-discrimination policy that reads pretty much like any other high school's anti-discrimination policy: It is the policy of the School District of La Crosse . . . that no person on the basis of…

Quilting is not Geometry: Pregnant and Parenting Teens Deserve an Education Free from Discrimination

Quilting is not Geometry: Pregnant and Parenting Teens Deserve an Education Free from Discrimination

By Tiseme Zegeye, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 2:21pm

This Saturday marks the 40th anniversary of the passage of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the landmark law that prohibits sex discrimination in federally funded education programs and activities. Among its other, better-known applications…

Bullying Goes Beyond the Fist

Bullying Goes Beyond the Fist

December 6th, 2010, was a day in my life I will never understand, and probably never come to grips with. I thought that a school was the safest place to be — it turned out that I was never more wrong in my life. You see, that was the day I…

From Drop Outs to Diplomas: Supporting the Academic Success of Pregnant and Parenting Teenagers

From Drop Outs to Diplomas: Supporting the Academic Success of Pregnant and Parenting Teenagers

By Emily Carter, Legal Assistant, Women's Rights Project, ACLU at 12:56pm

Earlier this week, the United States Department of Education issued a guidance on supporting the academic success of pregnant and parenting students under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. The last time the Department spoke on this issue…

Title IX Victory: Civil Rights Office Condemns School’s Actions in Sexual Assault Case

Title IX Victory: Civil Rights Office Condemns School’s Actions in Sexual Assault Case

By Sandra Park, ACLU at 5:16pm
In 2011, the ACLU filed a complaint on behalf of “Faith,” who was sexually assaulted at her high school and then sent to a disciplinary program after she reported the assault.   Last week, the Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”)…
The Young Women Who Taught Lane Tech a Lesson

The Young Women Who Taught Lane Tech a Lesson

In defiance of its male students, Chicago's Lane Technical High School decided to admit girls in 1971. The author was among the first class of freshman girls to enter that fall.

Survey Shows Sexual Harassment in School Is All Too Common

Survey Shows Sexual Harassment in School Is All Too Common

By Ariela Migdal, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 1:18pm

According to a new study, sexual harassment, including unwanted sexual touching and sexual coercion as well as milder behaviors, is a regular feature of going to school for a significant number of American middle- and high-school students. The…

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