March 13, 2014 To: OSPI - Administrative Resource Services From: Esther Warkov and Joel Levin Re: Appeal of Seattle School District decision re sexual assault on Joelle Warkov-Levin On January 23, 2014, Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Jose Banda responded to our complaint of March 18, 2013, in which we requested a full explanation of why our daughter was allowed to be sexually assaulted on a chaperoned overnight field trip. Instead of addressing our full complaint, including the chaperone negligence that permitted an assault,
Superintendent Banda wrote that the
District was unable to determine whether our daughter was a “victim of harassment.” We appealed the District’s decision to the Seattle School Board of Directors on February 4, 2014. On March
6, 2014 the School Board wrote
us upholding Superintendent Banda’s decision.
We disagree with the Board’s decision for reasons discussed in detail below, and are therefore
submitting this appeal to OSPI.
We understand that it is OSPI’s role to oversee sc
hool district compliance with state and federal non-discrimination and civil rights laws and policies. In our case, the Seattle School District failed to comply with guidelines under Title IX of the US Education Amendments of 1972 (
) that are designed to ensure an educational environment free from sexual harassment/retaliation and provide for a prompt and equitable investigation when a sexual assault occurs.
failure to perform a prompt and equitable investigation undermined its ability to gather facts and address the sexual assault. This
also compromised daughter’s high school education and devastated our family.
The enclosed CD contains the supporting documents we previously sent the District. Sincerely, Joel Levin Esther Warkov