Title IX Letters
Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) Circular Letters
C-23, Circular Letter
(January 30, 1998) [PDF
SUBJECT: 1997 Amendment to CGS Sec. 10-15c Prohibiting Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation In 1997, the state legislature amended Section 10-15c of the General Statutes, which prohibits discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion or national origin, to also prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation.
SECTION 10-15c The public schools shall be open to all children five years of age and over who reach age five on or before the first day of January of any school year, and each such child shall have, and shall be so advised by the appropriate school authorities, an equal opportunity to participate in the activities, programs and courses of study offered in such public schools, at such time as the child becomes eligible to participate in such activities, programs and courses of study, without discrimination on account of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, or sexual orientation; provided boards of education may, by vote at a meeting duly called, admit to any school children under five years of age.
C-28, Circular Letter
(June 4, 1999)
] SUBJECT: Davis v. Monroe County Board of Education
On May 24, 1999, the United States Supreme Court issued its 5-4 decision in Davis v. Monroe County Board of Education. A majority of the Court held that a school board could be sued under Title IX for student-on-student sexual harassment.
C-14, Circular Letter
(January 8, 2002) [PDF
] SUBJECT: Taking Action to Make Schools Free From Discrimination and Harm
Office for Civil Rights (OCR) Letters, United States Department of Education (USDOE)
- On October 26, 2010 the United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights issued a very significant "Dear Colleague" letter. This letter emphasized "that some student misconduct that falls under a schoolís anti-bullying policy also may trigger responsibilities under one or more of the federal antidiscrimination laws enforced by the Departmentís Office for Civil Rights (OCR)... by limiting its response to a specific application of its anti-bullying disciplinary policy, a school may fail to properly consider whether the student misconduct also results in discriminatory harassment."
- The letter responds to recent, high-profile instances of bullying and harassment that led to student suicides and OCRís year-long review of federal antidiscrimination statutes, regulations, and case law. The letter warns that school districts that fail to appropriately identify, thwart, and remedy bullying and harassment risk violating federal civil rights laws and losing federal funds. The full text of this letter, along with a fact sheet can be found here.
- Key Policy Letters from the Education Secretary and Deputy Secretary, June 14, 2011
If you require further information, please contact:
Dr. Adrian R. Wood
State Title IX Coordinator
CT State Department of Education
450 Columbus Boulevard, Suite 602
Hartford, CT 06103-1841
Telephone: (860) 713-6795
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