Apr 6, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Education Department to hold hearing as first step of Title IX overhaul

Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona

Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The Education Department announced Tuesday it plans to host a public hearing to discuss how schools handle sexual misconduct cases as part of a review of Title IX.

Why it matters: It's the Biden administration's first step in overhauling Title IX, after President Biden signed an executive order in March to review the law, including several controversial provisions put in place during the Trump administration.

Details: Though no timeline has been set, the hearing will take place over multiple days and allow students, school officials, and parents to give their input for how schools should handle cases of sexual misconduct.

  • More details on the hearing will be available in the coming weeks, the agency said.
  • The Education Department will also send schools a "new question-and-answer document" with advice on how to comply with current Title IX rules.

What they're saying: "Building educational environments free from discrimination where our nation’s students can grow and thrive is a top priority of the Biden-Harris Administration," said Education Secretary Miguel Cardona.

  • "Today’s action is the first step in making sure that the Title IX regulations are effective and are fostering safe learning environments for our students while implementing fair processes."
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