PROTECTING TITLE IX

What is H.R. 5388: To provide that the Secretary of Education may not issue or enforce certain rules that weaken the enforcement of the prohibition of sex discrimination applicable under title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972?

Introduced by Representative Slotkin in December of 2019, H.R. 5388 states the Secretary of Education may not take any action to implement, enforce, or otherwise give effect to the proposed amendments to regulations relating to the enforcement of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, published on November 29, 2018, under the heading “Non-discrimination on the Basis of Sex in Education Programs or Activities Receiving Federal Financial Assistance”. The Secretary of Education may not propose or issue any rule or guidance that is in substantially the same form or substantially the same as any of such proposed amendments. Title IX has had such a positive impact improving educational opportunities for women and nonbinary individuals across the US, and the power of the Title IX impact should not be diminished by a single individual.

Why do we need H.R. 5388?

Title IX has proven to increase educational opportunities for women and nonbinary individuals

  • The NCAA says the number of female college athletes is at an all-time high, and the numbers of girls playing high school sports has swelled from fewer than 300,000 in 1974 to more than 3.1 million in 2012.

  • Title IX increases accountability for schools to properly handle sexual assault and harrassment: Students from over 200 schools have filed more than 300 Title IX complaints alleging the mishandling of their sexual assault or harassment cases by school officials. 

  • Before Title IX: Most medical and law schools limited the number of women admitted to 15 or fewer per school. Today, Women make up the majority of Law School and Medical School Applicants

Why Title IX is necessary

  • Amongst college victims of sexual assault

    • 67% reported negative impacts on their academic performance (lower GPA, missing classes)

    • Only 35.8% finished college on schedule

    • 85% earn less than $55,000 a year (almost half earn less than $35,000 a year)

    • 72.8% reported mental health complications (depression, anxiety, insomnia, PTSD)

  • Before Title IX, 1 in 27 girls played sports, as opposed to now when 1 in 2.5 girls play sports

    • Involvement in sports can accelerate a woman’s career and success (61% of women said experience in sports had helped their careers)

    • Girls who play sports are more likely to have economic and social mobility, more likely to do well in school, and less likely to abuse drugs

    • Participating in sports improves self esteem in young women

  • Title IX: Title IX protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities that receive Federal financial assistance. 

  • Title IX states that: No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

  • Some key issue areas in which recipients have Title IX obligations are: recruitment, admissions, and counseling; financial assistance; athletics; sex-based harassment; treatment of pregnant and parenting students; discipline; single-sex education; and employment

Secretary of Education Betsy Devos is weakening Title IX

  • The U.S. Education Department finalized campus sexual assault rules that bolster the rights of the accused. The new policy also reduces legal liabilities for schools and colleges, and narrows the scope of cases schools will be required to investigate.

    • Schools will also be responsible for investigating only episodes said to have occurred within their programs and activities, not, for instance, apartments not affiliated with a university. 

    • To find a school legally culpable for mishandling accusations, it would have to be proved “deliberately indifferent” in carrying out mandates to provide support to victims and investigate complaints fairly. This will make it increasingly difficult to charge universities for sexual assault

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What can I do to take action to get this passed?

Call Your Senators and Urge Them to support H.R. 5388. We need to garner more support in the House so that we can pass this. Use your power as a constituent to sway their support! Find your House Representative and their numbers here!

Here is a sample script to use when calling your Representative: I am a constituent as well as a member of Generation Ratify, the youth-led movement to support Ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment and advance gender equality. I am calling you about H.R. 5388, to provide that the Secretary of Education may not issue or enforce certain rules that weaken the enforcement of the prohibition of sex discrimination applicable under title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

Introduced by Representative Slotkin in December of 2019, H.R. 5388 states the Secretary of Education may not take any action to implement, enforce, or otherwise give effect to the proposed amendments to regulations relating to the enforcement of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

Title IX has had such a positive impact improving educational opportunities for women and non-binary individuals across the US, and the power of the Title IX impact should not be diminished by a single individual.

I urge the Representative to support H.R. 5388 today. 

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