ATIXA December 2021 Legislative Policy Corner

Federal:

Civil rights data collection feedback solicited by US Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights for 2021-22 school year

The US Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is asking for public comment a proposed Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) Information Collection Request package for the 2021–22 school year. The package describes key civil rights data OCR intends to collect from the nation’s public schools and districts. OCR plans to introduce new data categories, such as those relating to students’ educational experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic, and restore key data categories from previous collections.  

Campus sexual violence survey guidance from the US Department of Education requested by House Democrats reports Higher Ed Dive

The Hill reports that Congressional leaders sent a letter to Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, urging him to take actions to better identify and combat sexual violence on college campuses. Specifically, the lawmakers wanted a practice known as “stealthing,” or the nonconsensual removal of a condom during sex, to be included “in all definitions of unwanted sexual contact.” The letter was led by Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Ro Khanna (D-CA) and signed by 77 Members of Congress.

State:

ATIXA featured in NBC Nightly News piece on US Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights investigation into Southlake, TX schools

NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt recently had a segment dedicated to the US Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) investigations at Southlake High School in Texas. The investigations covered race, gender, and sexuality. ATIXA President, Brett Sokolow, was featured on the report.

Other:

College sexual violence protests take over campuses according to The Nation

This fall, student movements have formed at schools across the country to remove former Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’s Title IX amendment and end the continual abuse by fraternity members.