Press Release: Scott Statement on the 43rd Anniversary of Title IX

Scott Statement on the 43rd Anniversary of Title IX

WASHINGTON – Ranking Member Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-VA), issued the following statement on 43rd anniversary of the enactment of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972:

“Today marks the 43rd anniversary of the passage of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, landmark legislation that was enacted to remove barriers to educational opportunities on the basis of one’s sex.

“The law states: ‘No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.’

“While Title IX is commonly acknowledged for breaking down barriers for women and girls in sports, its vast impact goes beyond that. Title IX has opened doors for girls to pursue opportunities in STEM, protects against sexual violence on college campuses, and holds institutions of learning at every level accountable for the well-being of their students.

“Although we have made great strides in education equality, there is still work to be done to rid campuses of sexual violence and to eliminate gender-based discrimination. Earlier this year, the Obama Administration issued guidance emphasizing the responsibility of school districts, colleges and universities to designate well-qualified, well-trained Title IX coordinators. The updated guidance is a step in the right direction to help ensure that institutions are in compliance with the law by empowering Title IX coordinators to identify and address any patterns or systemic problems in education programs.

“As we reflect on the progress we have made, we must remember that all students have the right to access a quality education, free from discrimination and harassment.”


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