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AM Alert: Are California high schools complying with Title IX?

Are girls’ athletics at California high schools getting equal funding? That’s one of the issues covered by Title IX, the landmark anti-gender discrimination policy.
Are girls’ athletics at California high schools getting equal funding? That’s one of the issues covered by Title IX, the landmark anti-gender discrimination policy. Special to The Bee

Title IX, the landmark anti-gender discrimination policy, has been at the center of numerous higher education debates in recent years, particularly around the issue of campus sexual assaults. A controversial yes-means-yes law, which made California the first state in the country to introduce an “affirmative consent” policy at colleges, made its way through the Legislature last year following complaints that universities had severely mishandled cases of sexual violence, creating a hostile environment for female students.

Now Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, is attempting to revive the conversation around Title IX issues at the high school level. She will chair a hearing on how California secondary schools are complying with the law in areas such as equal funding for girls’ athletics, sexual harassment response and educational opportunities for pregnant and parenting teens.

The hearing, which includes testimony from Gayle Sakowski, chief attorney for the U.S. Department of Education’s San Francisco office of civil rights, takes place at 2:30 p.m. in Room 4203 of the Capitol.

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Call The Bee’s Alexei Koseff, (916) 321-5236. Follow him on Twitter @akoseff.

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