Wednesday, June 13, 2012

NCGWE Releases "Title IX at 40" Report

The National Coalition for Women and Girls in Education (NCWGE) has released a report on Title IX to commemorate its 40th anniversary year.  The report is comprehensive, examining aspects of Title IX in athletics, harassment, STEM, single-sex education, and other applications of the law. 

Here is an excerpt from the executive summary:
Despite tremendous progress… challenges to equality in education still exist. Women’s advancement in some areas, including computer science and engineering, has stagnated or even declined in recent years. Pregnant and parenting students are frequently subjected to unlawful policies and practices that deter them from completing their education. Nearly half of all middle and high school students report being sexually harassed in school. And single-sex classrooms often cater to stereotypes about how boys and girls learn, to the detriment of both sexes. These and other challenges affect the ability of all students—male and female—to get the most out of their education. This in turn endangers the ability of U.S. schools and universities to produce skilled workers who can succeed in an increasingly competitive global marketplace.
The report also includes overarching recommendations, including raising awareness about lesser-known applications of the law; sustained and enhanced enforcement by the Department of Education, including by conducting more compliance reviews; improving public access to data used to measure compliance,  stronger utilization of Title IX Coordinators, the person designated by every state, school district, and school to be the point-person on all manners of Title IX compliance; and a restoration of federal funding for gender equity initiatives and to support technical assistance with compliance.