Seattle Schools Under Investigation for Title IX sexual violence issues
A July 2014, article in Al Jazeera discussed the problem of rape in high school and school obligations. noting that high schools are even worse than colleges in dealing with sexual assault.
Last month the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights agreed, making Seattle Public Schools, which covers all of Seattle, one of 23 elementary and secondary school districts currently under federal investigation for Title IX sexual violence issues. The number of colleges under investigation recently reached 64.
The article also noted that the vast majority of high schools did not understand that Title IX applied to them. This is a well-known problem to those of us in the field. While schools are required to have a Title IX coordinator and they do at least have someone in name, because they submit that information to OSPI (Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction). The reality is that many Title IX coordinators do not even know that they are the Title IX coordinator. Of those that are aware, many of them have little understanding of the important role their position plays in making sure our children are safe.
It is this ignorance that makes it so important for parents to have a knowledgeable advocate on their side who can push the school to comply with the laws and create a safe space for students.