Title IX coordinators should have classroom experience and regular contact with students, teachers and parents, says a former State Title IX coordinator.
November 06, 2020 Bill Howe
Many years ago, working with the Feminist Majority Foundation, I conducted a national survey to find out who the State Education Agency (SEA) Title IX coordinators were. An interesting finding was that many of the people in this role also held the position of SEA attorney. In K-12 schools, it is not uncommon that the superintendent, school attorney, business manager, or head of human resources also acts as the Title IX Coordinator. This is a bad idea.
There are several explanations for this discouraged practice. One is that schools often see Title IX primarily pertaining to sexual harassment that requires some degree of legal or management authority. These individuals usually do not have classroom teaching requirements, which would allow them more time to conduct investigations.
Dr. Bill Howe was the Connecticut State Title IX Coordinator for 17 years.
This blog originally appeared on Stop Sexual Assault in Schools. Opinions expressed are the author’s own. Nothing in this article should be construed as legal advice.