Sexual Assault in K-12 Schools

Michigan Student Caucus Proposal Template for  Summers-Knoll Students 2019 Part 1: BACKGROUND AND RESEARCH PROCESS due Oct 22 Context

 

  1. What is a current bill or law that relates in some way to your proposal? Use the legislative database found here: Bill number 4379

  2. How would this bill make a difference in the lives of students across Michigan? This bill would insure that victims of sexual assault cannot be punished for reporting a sexual assault or any incidents that occur as a result of said report. 

  3. How and where did you learn about the issues underlying your proposal?: I learned a lot from Mlive articles and podcast transcripts, but mostly I got my information from research I did myself.

  4. Link to your media artifact(s) giving background on the issue: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1D_WmQUL_wLKJnqDdQg42AT_SnaaUThT4b4ROTb-PfA0/edit 

 

Research process

 

  1. To whom did you talk about this issue to learn more? I didn’t talk to anyone about this issue.

  2. What did you initially think about your topic and how did your thinking change over time? Initially I was worried about not being able to find much information (in fact I was kind of hoping) about sexual assaults in K-12 schools. But, much to my dismay, there was actually a whole host of articles and news stories about my topic. 

  3. What was the most significant article/video/report/website that you used and how did it impact your research? Probably the Mlive article about the Community Highschool alleged sexual assault mishandlings. I found it quite disturbing that even in Ann Arbor, supposedly one of the safest cities in the U.S, things like this were still happening. 

  Part 2: FORMAL PROPOSAL due Oct 29 The sections below should comprise your final proposal language, submitted for consideration by your peers and potential inclusion in the MSC Platform. Preambulatory clauses 

These set up the PROBLEM, but not the solution.

WHEREAS sexual assault is a problem in Michigan K-12 schools.

WHEREAS reports of sexual assault are not being handeld properly and schools are taking advantage of lieniency in K-12 school sexual assault policies. For example, schools are not required to state that they strictly prohibit sexual assault in school handbooks.

WHEREAS Title IX guidelines are not being followed and enforced. 

WHEREAS Michigan K-12 schools are not being held to the same standard as universities. 

 

Operative clauses

These describe in detail, the solution you are proposing (not the problem itself; those should go in the "Whereas" clauses above).

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED....

  1. That any teacher, staff member, or administrator in a government funded K-12 school found guilty of failing to uphold Title IX requirements shall be immediately suspended without pay. 

  2. That an ombudsman position should be instated in any federally funded school to police the handlings of sexual assault cases. 

Counter-arguments:

What are three reasonable arguments against this proposal?

  1. There could be hesitation on the part of the school administrators because of the fear that parents may take legal action against the school. 

  2. Additionally, school administrators may fear for their own jobs if they make a mistake. Even a good administrator messes up occasionally.

  3. The government may not believe that funding is necessary to supply an ombudsman in every school across the state. It would be a large expense. 

 

Costs and funding:
  1. What are some costs associated with your proposal? 

An ombudsman position would be an additional cost because you need to hire people with knowledge and experience on the subject.

  1. How will you pay for your proposed bill? From what sources could the funding come?

The funding would come from the government. 

  1. Who (people or groups) might object to funding your proposal?

Some administrators may object to having tighter security on their actions. They may feel that they themselves don’t need to be policed. 

 

References:

List all websites, articles, reports, videos, or other resources you used to research for this project. You do not have to include formal citations. **Eighth graders only: After each source, write 1-2 sentences about why you chose this source and why you trusted it. 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1D_WmQUL_wLKJnqDdQg42AT_SnaaUThT4b4ROTb-PfA0/edit




 

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