COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 238

November 9, 2007

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Technical Assistance Training for Title IX Coordinators--Ensuring Equal Access to Quality

Education

 

One requirement of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education for all institutions, is that every state and local education agency appoints a Title IX designee responsible for the implementation of this law. The law also requires that designees receive training to help meet their obligations. Title IX includes student-on-student sexual harassment in schools as a subject of discrimination complaints.

 

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), with the assistance of the Mid-Atlantic Equity Center, the National Womens Law Center, and the attorney of the Virginia High School League, will offer two informational forums for state and school divisions Title IX coordinators as follows:

 

Wednesday, December 12, 2007, at the Holiday Inn Valley View,

Roanoke, Virginia, (540) 362-5844

 

Thursday, December 13, 2007, at the Wyndham Hotel Richmond Airport,

Richmond, Virginia, (804) 226-4300

 

*Each forum is accessible to individuals with disabilities.

 

Both forums will begin promptly at 9 a.m. and conclude at 3:30 p.m. A limited number of rooms are available at each facility at the state rate. However, attendees will be responsible for their travel expenses. Please complete and return the attached registration form (Attachment A) no later than December 6, 2007. Each Title IX coordinator is encouraged to attend one of these forums. Directions and hotel information are provided in Attachment B.

 

Title IX requires school divisions to have well-published policies against discrimination, including sexual harassment, and to have procedures for students and their families to resolve issues concerning discrimination. The informational forums will provide a brief overview of fundamental civil rights issues and Title IX regulatory requirements. Additionally, Title IX coordinators will receive guidance on grievance procedure requirements and Title IX issues as they relate to school athletics.

We look forward to working with Title IX coordinators to ensure compliance with the requirements and equal access to quality education. For more information, you may contact Dr. Sandra E. Ruffin, director of federal program monitoring, at Sandra.Ruffin@doe.virginia.gov or (804) 225-2768. You may also contact Mrs. Bonnie B. English, civil rights monitoring specialist, at Bonnie.English@doe.virginia.gov or (804) 225-2618.

 

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Attachments

 

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/superintendents_memos/2007/inf238a.pdf

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/superintendents_memos/2007/inf238b.pdf