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Department of Education Marks 49th Anniversary of Title IX by Stressing Rights for LGBTQI+ Students

  • June 23, 2021

The U.S. Department of Education marked the 49th anniversary of the Title IX Education Amendments of 1972 by issuing a Dear Educator letter. The letter highlights the importance of Title IX and references several Title IX resources made available during the Biden-Harris Administration, including for LGBTQI+ students.

In announcing the letter, Secretary Miguel Cardona described Title IX as “the strongest tool we have to protect every student’s right to equal access to educational opportunities free from sex discrimination.” Secretary Cardona also noted, “Amid this progress, we recognize there is still more to do, when we know that students still experience harassment, exclusion from school activities, and other forms of discrimination that stand in the way of them reaching their full potential and their dreams.”

The Dear Educator letter directs the education community and public to resources available from the Department:

The Department’s announcement that it will conduct a comprehensive review of its regulations implementing Title IX also focused on LGBTQI+ students.

Educational institutions should review their policies and procedures, and training protocols to ensure compliance with the Department’s Title IX guidance addressing LGBTQI+ students. Please contact a Jackson Lewis attorney with any questions regarding Title IX.

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