New Appointment. The District has hired a Title IX Compliance officer, Barbara Nahouraii. She started work on December 1.
The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for monitoring trainings, providing notices, annual reporting, arranging for investigation of complaints, determining the appropriate response and remedial actions and tracking the District’s response to complaints, and identifying and addressing District-wide patterns and systemic problems.
I'm not sure how this appointment alters the duties of those who were previously appointed to responsibilities for Title IX compliance. Nor do I know Ms Nahouraii's place in the District organization chart. Does she report to the Assistant Superintendent for Operations? Is she in Human Resources? Is she part of the internal auditor's office? Don't know, but I'll ask.
Policy 3208, Sexual Harassment, has not been revised. This was required action in response to the Comprehensive Program Review by the OSPI. The District committed to doing it by July. After the July deadline passed District staff assured us that it would be done by the fall. It now appears that there is no plan to revise this policy until after the Title IX Task Force makes their recommendations. The District is using a Task Force schedule to justify a delay in action that was promised quickly. Stop me if you've heard that one before. There is, of course, nothing to prevent the District from revising the policy quickly and then revising it again (if necessary) after receiving the Task Force recommendations.
Revisions to the superintendent procedure 3208 were also required by the CPR, they were also promised quickly. A draft of a revised procedure was circulated, but, to this date, the revised procedure has not been adopted. Again, it is likely that the superintendent is waiting until the Task Force completes their work before revising the procedure. See the pattern? The District promises quick action and then blames the delay on the Task Force and, undoubtedly the "Seattle Process". There is, of course, nothing to prevent the District from revising the procedure quickly and then revising it again (if necessary) after receiving the Task Force recommendations.
There have been promises of assignment of Title IX compliance responsibilities at every school and training for those assigned, but it is unclear whether the assignments have been made, whether the training was done, or whether, with the changes in District level Title IX officials, the previous training isn't now obsolete. The training had given the names of the central office people to contact to report issues and seek expertise and they might no longer be the people to contact.
The annual report required by policy 3208 still hasn't been presented. It has never been presented. There is no timetable for presenting it. The Board, so far as I know, is not asking for it.
While some of the various documents and web sites have been amended to include Title IX notices, the notices are not yet on all of them.
There are a number of training sessions that were promised. Given the whirlpool of Title IX official appointments it is unclear if any of the people who are now tasked with Title IX compliance attended any of them and it is unclear if some of those tasked earlier still have those responsibilities or not.
The District's General Counsel maintains a log of the required actions to address the District's acknowledged failures in compliance with Title IX. This log is presented at each meeting of the Audit and Finance Committee.
On the whole, it appears that the only progress since September has been the appointment of a Title IX Compliance Officer, yet another new central office administrative position.