Jackson Bill To Increase Awareness of Title IX Rights Heads to the Governor

August 25, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Following the success of many U.S. women in the Rio Olympics, a bill by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) to ensure that students and schools are aware of their rights and responsibilities under Title IX, the landmark federal law that prohibits gender discrimination in education, passed off the Assembly floor today on bipartisan, 60-0 vote and is now headed to the Governor.

Senate Bill 1375 would require that all schools that receive federal funding post the name and contact information of their Title IX coordinator on their website, outline students’ rights and schools’ responsibilities under Title IX, and provide information about how to file a complaint under Title IX.

“More than four decades after the passage of this landmark law, we have made great strides in opening up sports and other educational opportunities to young women in our schools, “ said Jackson, who is chair of the California Legislative Women’s Caucus. “We’ve seen the fruits of Title IX with the success of so many American women at the Rio Olympics. But in a hearing I held last year, we discovered there is still work for us to do. This bill will help ensure that schools are fulfilling their responsibilities and the public is fully informed of their rights under this landmark law.”

Passed by Congress in 1972, Title IX is a comprehensive federal law that prohibits gender discrimination in any federally funded education program or activity.

In a hearing that Jackson chaired last year entitled “Attaining Equal Opportunity for Girls in California’s Secondary Schools: How Our Schools are Complying with Title IX,” it was discovered that many school districts are often unaware that they are required to appoint a Title IX coordinator at the district and school level; inform students, parents and staff of their rights under Title IX; and adopt rules on how to respond to Title IX complaints.

Jackson represents the 19th Senate District, which includes all of Santa Barbara and western Ventura County.