ERIC Number: EJ812698
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Seeking Justice for Sexual Harassment in Schools: Is Title IX the Only Option?
Taylor, Kelley R.
Principal Leadership, v9 n2 p53-54, 56 Oct 2008
In its current term, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in "Fitzgerald v. Barnstable School Committee" (2007), a case involving alleged student-to-student sexual harassment between a kindergartner and a third grader. At first blush, the case is about unfortunate, alleged incidents of harassment of a young student while on the school bus. From a legal standpoint, however, the questions that the Court will resolve focus on congressional intent underlying Title IX, the statute that prohibits sex discrimination by educational institutions. Specifically, the High Court will decide whether Congress intended Title IX to be a plaintiff's sole legal remedy in response to sexual harassment occurring in schools. The answer to that question will greatly affect educators and students at all levels. This article reports that the Supreme Court is set to decide whether plaintiffs can use a lower legal hurdle than Title IX to sue in sexual harassment cases.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Education Amendments 1972; Title IX Education Amendments 1972