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ERA Applauds Passage of SB 169 to Address and Remedy Sexual Violence in Education

September 13, 2017 | by

Today, in a bipartisan vote, the California Assembly voted 52-8 in favor of Senate Bill 169. The bill now goes back to the Senate for concurrence and then to Governor Jerry Brown for his signature.

SB 169 would ensure that strong guidance regarding how to adequately address and remedy sexual violence and harassment – as required by Title IX – remains in place for California schools. Last week, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced her intention to rewrite similar federal guidance outlined in the Office for Civil Rights’ 2011 Dear Colleague Letter, which will weaken civil rights protections for students and makes this legislation especially critical. This type of guidance is an important tool for schools to ensure their campuses are safe for all students.

Equal Rights Advocates is an organizational sponsor of SB 169. Executive Director Noreen Farrell said of the vote:

“We applaud the California legislature for passing Senate Bill 169 and promptly responding to the Trump Administration’s continued efforts to weaken enforcement of students’ civil rights. In the face of an epidemic of campus sexual assault, we must ensure that our schools are adequately responding to complaints of sexual misconduct. California stands ready to protect the rights of our students, even if the federal government will not. We urge Governor Brown to stand with young people across the state and sign Senate Bill 169 into law.”

Learn more about the bill and why ERA is a sponsor here.

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