Title IX Training & Handling Tough Complaints: Strategies for Meeting Legal Requirements while Defusing Escalating Situations
Charter schools that receive any federal funds are required to comply with Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs. The Title IX regulations require schools to have updated Title IX grievance procedures in place for sexual harassment. Schools must designate team members to serve in the required Title IX roles, ensure those team members receive training, and post the training materials on the school’s website.
This session is tailored to meet the federal requirements and help your school handle Title IX complaints. In particular, we'll explore some important aspects of the process such as effective supportive measures, privacy concerns, when and how to involve law enforcement, tips for school personnel serving as investigators, how to handle issues of bias and witness credibility, how to prepare notices and reports, possible impacts on your school, appeals, and the role of the California Department of Education and/or Office of Civil Rights.
Scholarship Prep Charter School
Andrew Crowe is the Deputy Director at Scholarship Prep, a network of charter schools serving students in grades TK-8. Andrew has led the closing of the opportunity and achievement gaps as a teacher, instructional coach, site administrator, and district leader in Philadelphia, Hawai`i, and Southern California. Andrew holds a Bachelor’s degree from Notre Dame, a Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and was a Teach For America corps member. He currently serves as the Chair of the Native American Alumni Board of Notre Dame.
Greta Proctor is the leader of Procopio’s Education practice. Greta advises on a wide range of operational, governance, and ever-changing regulatory issues for classroom and non-classroom based charter schools. Greta has worked extensively on charter renewals, including appeals. She also counsels schools through special proceedings ranging from OCR complaints to FCMAT extraordinary audits. Greta provides frequent trainings on topics such as teacher credentialing, Board governance, the Brown Act, Public Records Act, avoiding conflicts of interest under the Political Reform Act and Government Code section 1090, and new legislation impacting her clients.
Merrick advises charter schools on a variety of issues regarding governance, authorizer relations, contracts, independent study, student issues, funding, and a variety of other operational issues. Merrick regularly advises and trains clients on the Brown Act, California Public Records Act, and conflict of interest laws, and has lots of experience with new charter submissions, appeals, revocation proceedings, and renewals. Prior to law school, Merrick worked as a substitute teacher in all grade levels at the Kings County Office of Education.