The Department of Education has proposed sweeping changes to Title IX’s regulations. We’ve put together a short explanation about the Department of Education’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and what these changes would mean for all students’ civil rights. Simply put, the proposed rule would make schools less safe for students, making it more difficult for students to report incidents of sexual harassment and violence—and easier for schools to ignore them when they do. When students cannot stay in school because they experience sexual harassment and violence, their access to education is fundamentally unequal.
There are few issues more central to AAUW’s mission than Title IX and its promise of equity in education. Despite the progress we have made, it is the unfortunate truth that women and girls still do not have equal educational experiences or opportunities. The Department’s actions today amount to a real and concrete threat to progress, and it is absolutely critical that each and every AAUW advocate push back to stop these rules from being implemented.
Over the next few weeks, our staff will be reaching out to advocates with additional opportunities to weigh in. However, there are 3 steps you can take TODAY to help fight back:
- Sign AAUW’s petition calling on Secretary to DeVos to withdraw the proposed regulations by clicking HERE.
- Submit a Letter to the Editor to your local paper to help educate others in your community about what’s at stake – winning over public opinion will be key to our fight.
- Share AAUW’s petition with friends, family, branch members, and neighbors. It’s crucial that advocates speak up — loudly — and fight back against any attempts to diminish critical protections for students.
During this notice and comment period, State and Branch Public Policy Chairs will be critical in engaging and motivating folks in your areas to take action. We know you’re up to the challenge – and it’s crunch time to fight for Title IX.
See AAUW.org for additional information HERE.