Saturday, January 12, 2019

'If there’s an inkling that something is amiss'
IASB’s Brotine contributes to NSBA Journal

Maryam T. Brotine, assistant general counsel for the Illinois Association of School Boards, has contributed an article to the February 2019 issue of the American School Board Journal, the magazine of the National School Board Association. The article appears in that publication’s “Soundboard” section and focuses on what board members need to know about sexual harassment of students.

Entitled “Seeking Counsel: Prompt and Equitable,” Brotine’s piece outlines the Department of Education’s proposed sexual harassment regulations, which fall under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and includes guidelines for identifying sexual harassment as outlined by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR).

The article also clarifies what federal law states about a school district’s response.

“... today’s social and political climate has kept sexual harassment front and center in all arenas — from entertainment to education,” Brotine writes in opening. “Chances are your school district has experienced its fair share of sexual harassment complaints (and you may have one ongoing right now). What do board members need to know about sexual harassment of students?”

Click here to read the online edition of the American School Board Journal.