Read a summary of NCWGE’s hill briefing held June 20, 2013 in honor of the 41st anniversary of Title IX, "Title IX, Pregnant and Parenting Students, and ESEA: Supporting Young Parents to Achieve Their Educational Goals." It brought together teen parents, advocates, and service providers to explore the promise of Title IX's protections for pregnant and parenting students and to explain the implications of the currently pending Pregnant and Parenting Students Access to Education Act (PPSAE Act). Panelists included Anurima Bhargava, Chief of the Educational Opportunities Section of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and Kimberly Inez McGuire of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health; Lara S. Kaufmann of the National Women’s Law Center moderated the discussion. For more information on rights for pregnant and parenting students, read NCWGE’s report chapter on pregnant and parenting students.
On May 13, 2016, the National Coalition for Women and Girls in Education held a briefing on “Women in STEM: Ways to Address Gender Inequity to Advance U.S. Global Competitiveness” at the Senate Dirksen Office Building. Senator Mazie Hirono was the honorary host. The event was cosponsored by the Association for Women in Science, American Association of University Women, and the Society of Women Engineers. Distinguished speakers at the event included Nora Boretti from the U.S. Government Accountability Office; Pamela McCauley with the Association for Women in Science, and Stacie Gregory from the American Association of University Women.
The discussion focused on gender issues facing women in STEM, including an analysis of a recent GAO report which identified 13 potential actions federal agencies could take to address the underrepresentation of women in STEM research, a review of current scientific studies on obstacles to women’s participation in STEM education and careers and an overview of pervasive sexual harassment in STEM fields. This briefing addressed ways to improve data collection and perform compliance reviews that are legally required under Title IX—the federal law that bans discrimination in publicly funded research and education. Each panelist spoke for about 10 minutes, and there was a 15-20 minute Q&A session at the end of the briefing.
There were 45 attendees, which included coalition partners, Congressional Research Service, Government Accountability Office (GAO), and staff from 15 different congressional offices (12 Senate and 3 House). Copies of AAUW reports Solving the Equation and Barriers and Bias were distributed at the sign-in table upon arrival.
For over 40 years, the National Coalition for Women and Girls in Education, a nonprofit organization of more than 50 groups, has worked to raise awareness of the importance of gender equality in education and the vital role Congress and federal agencies play in fully implementing Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.
>> AAUW Blog about the briefing: Congress, Here’s How to Make STEM Fields Better for Everyone
On April 21, 2015, NCWGE leaders wrote to officials from the District of Columbia to express concerns with the exclusion of girls from the District of Columbia Public Schools’ (DCPS) Empowering Males of Color (EMC) initiative as well as a paid internship program recently announced by Mayor Bowser as part of the DC Boys and Men of Color Initiative (BMOC). While supporting the DC effort to increase education funding and focus on the needs of children of color, the coalition expressed disappointment that both programs appear to exclude girls. NCWGE believes it is a mistake to exclude girls and that the policy likely violate Washington, D.C.’s Human Rights Act of 1977, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Equal Protection Clause of the United States Constitution.
>> Read the coalition letter
NCWGE provided input to the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions to adopt an accountability and school improvement framework that will meaningfully improve educational equity and close achievement gaps so that all students graduate high school prepared for 21st Century post-secondary learning and careers. The coalition recommended that the federal government maintain an essential role addressing the needs of the most disadvantaged students and promoting gender equity.
>> Read the coalition letter to the Senate HELP committee
Additionally, NCWGE sent a letter to all Senators urging support for amendments to Every Child Achieves Act (S.1177) including support for: 1) Sen. Blumenthal’s amendment to maintain support and technical assistance for Title IX implementation; 2) Sen. Warren’s amendment to report data that is “cross-tabulated” or segmented by more than one subgroup; 3) Sen. Murray’s high school athletic data collection amendment which will improve gender equity in interscholastic athletics and encourage compliance with Title IX; 4) Sen. Gillibrand’s amendment to increase access to important STEM opportunities for girls; 5) Sen. Udall’s amendment to require state and local education agencies to include expectant and parenting students among other vulnerable populations considered in their Title IA plans; 6 & 7) Sen. Casey’s amendment to implement the goals of the Safe Schools Improvement Act and Sen. Franken’s amendment to implement the Student Non-Discrimination Act which address threats to students’ physical and mental health and to create a positive school climate conducive to learning.
>> Read the coalition letter
On January 28, 2015, NCWGE hosted a webinar for almost 100 education professionals on the recent Department of Education federal guidance to K-12 in public schools that offer or want to offer single-sex classes. In recent years, there has been a growing trend of separating public school students on the basis of sex. This trend raises serious equality and policy concerns and may violate numerous provisions of state and federal law. The webinar was moderated by Erin Prangley from the American Association of University Women and Chair of NCWGE and Lara Kaufman from the National Women’s Law Center and Vice Chair of NCWGE. Amanda Dallo, Title IX Staff Attorney at the Office for Civil Rights, US Department of Education discussed the recent Office of Civil Rights guidance on single sex education and requirements for Title IX. Dr. Sue Klien from the Feminist Majority Foundation, discussed a new report on the prevalence of schools with single sex programing and issued a call to action for more monitoring of single-sex programs in public schools. Galen Sherwin from the ACLU Women’s Rights Project discussed the science which disproves much of the problematic sex-stereotype teaching methods which are not permissible under Title IX, and yet still occurring in public single sex classrooms.
>> View the 2015 webinar
>> View the panel's Powerpoint slides:
In honor of Title IX’s 42nd anniversary, the National Coalition of Women and Girls in Education held a panel discussion on the history and role of Title IX enforcement including recent action taken by the Department of Education and White House Taskforce on Preventing Campus Sexual Assault. The discussion was held on June 19 in the Rayburn House Office Building and featured Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Lisa Maatz of AAUW, Lisalyn Jacobs of Legal Momentum, Neena Chaudhry of the National Women’s Law Center, Dana Bolger of Know Your IX, and Katie Hanna of the Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence. Over 80 people attended representing 14 congressional offices and 8 senate offices.
A recent White House Task Force report produced resources to help students better understand Title IX’s role in campus sexual assault. And the newly created website NotAlone.gov details for students what responsibilities schools have under Title IX to respond to sexual violence and aims to ensure that students know their rights and how to file a complaint. The U.S. Department of Education is investigating more than 60 schools for Title IX violations related to sexual violence. When campus environments are hostile because of sexual harassment, assault, or violence, students cannot learn, and they miss out on educational opportunities. Campus sexual assault survivor Dana Bolger helped found a campaign to educate college students about their rights under Title IX. Bolger says that school officials suggested she put her education on hold until after her assailant graduated, but once she learned about Title IX, she realized that the school’s response was inappropriate. She decided to take action and complete her education.
“Historically, students have not understood that they had protections under Title IX or what those protections were,” Lisalyn Jacobs, vice president for government relations at Legal Momentum, said at the NCWGE briefing.
>> AAUW’s blog reporting on the NCWGE briefing
On April 1, 2014, NCWGE cosponsored a webinar with American Federation of Teachers, National Education Association and American Association of University Women on “School Discipline Guidance and Title IX.” The webinar featured Carolyn Seugling and Amanda K. Dallo, Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education; Renee Bradley, Positive Behavioral Interventions Strategies and Supports, U.S. Department of Education; Dr. William A. Howe, State Title IX Coordinator/Civil Rights Compliance Multicultural Education/Culturally Responsive Education CT State Department of Education; Connie Cordovilla, American Federation of Teachers; Donna M. Harris-Aikens and Catherine V. Beane, National Education Association. The webinar had 520 folks registered, 317 attended, 47 states represented, and 281 unique institutions. NCWGE received very positive feedback from participants who appreciated how the discipline guidance relates to the work being done to reduce sex discrimination in schools.
The U.S. Department of Education issued guidance to school districts explaining schools’ obligation under the Civil Rights Act to administer discipline without discriminating on the basis of race, color, and national origin. The webinar discussed schools’ obligations outlined in the discipline guidance, provided suggestions for increasing positive behavior by students and addressing misbehavior when it occurs, and provided an explanation of how the discipline guidance interacts with Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex by recipients of federal financial assistance in their education programs or activities.
>> View the 2014 webinar
This important legislation provides resource for college and career readiness for secondary and community college students nationwide. The NCWGE recommendations seek to simplify the equity language in the Carl D. Perkins Act and to provide incentives and accountability to close equity gaps in program participation, completion, achievement and transition in career and technical education (CTE) programs of study.
>> Download the letter
Thanks to complaint initiated by the National Women’s Law Center, City University of New York adopts new policy to protect students who are pregnant and parents.
>> Press release
More than forty years after Title IX outlawed sex segregation in education, women and girls are still sorely underrepresented in Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs that are nontraditional for their gender. Click here to see the research.
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You've heard about Title IX and athletics, but Title IX is about much more! In honor of the 40th anniversary of the law’s passage, NCWGE published a comprehensive report to help give educators, parents, students, and lawmakers a better understanding of Title IX’s impact and challenges that remain in many areas of education, including:
Title IX has increased female participation in sports exponentially. In response to greater opportunities to play, the number of high school girls participating in sports has risen tenfold in the past 40 years, while six times as many women compete in college sports. These gains demonstrate the key principle underlying the legislation: Women and girls have an equal interest in sports and deserve equal opportunities to participate.
Despite these advances, hurdles for female athletes remain. Girls and women still have fewer opportunities to participate in school sports than their male counterparts. In addition, different groups are not represented equally: Less than two-thirds of African-American and Hispanic girls play sports, while more than threequarters of Caucasian girls do. In addition to having fewer opportunities, girls often endure inferior treatment in areas such as equipment, facilities, coaching, and scheduling.
Criticism of the effects of Title IX on athletics often springs from misconceptions about how the law works. Title IX does not mandate quotas or demand equal funding for all sports. Nor has opening opportunities for girls and women come at the expense of boys and men; in fact, athletic participation among males has continued to rise over the past 40 years.
Previous reports and additional links can be viewed at NCWGE Archives. Please note that the data maintained in this archive is for historical and research purposes and may not be the most current. Please contact NCWGE for the most current information.