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What is Title IX?


Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance. The Title IX regulation describes the conduct that violates Title IX. Examples of the types of discrimination that are covered under Title IX include sexual harassment, the failure to provide equal opportunity in athletics, and discrimination based on pregnancy. To enforce Title IX, the U.S. Department of Education maintains an Office for Civil Rights, with headquarters in Washington, DC and 12 offices across the United States. Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights. (2015). Title IX and Sex Discrimination.

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In accordance to California Education Code, 221.6, public schools that receive federal funds and are subject to the requirements of Title IX, shall post in a prominent and conspicuous location on their Internet Web sites all of the following:
 

The name and contact information of the Title IX coordinator:  

  • Lori Cheatham, Director of Operations, email lThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; Tel: 510-873-8800

The rights of a pupil and the public and the responsibilities of the school district under Title IX, which shall include, but shall not be limited to, Internet Web links to information about those rights and responsibilities located on the Internet Web sites of the department’s Office for Equal Opportunity and the United States Department of Education Office of Civil Rights, and the list of rights specified in Section 221.8.

  • US Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights HERE
  • Office of U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission HERE
  • Section 221.8 Rights: The following list of rights, which are based on the relevant provisions of the federal regulations implementing Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. Sec. 1681 et seq.), may be used by the department for purposes of Section 221.6: (a) You have the right to fair and equitable treatment and you shall not be discriminated against based on your sex. (b) You have the right to be provided with an equitable opportunity to participate in all academic extracurricular activities, including athletics. (c) You have the right to inquire of the athletic director of your school as to the athletic opportunities offered by the school. (d) You have the right to apply for athletic scholarships. (e) You have the right to receive equitable treatment and benefits in the provision of all of the following: (1) Equipment and supplies. (2) Scheduling of games and practices. (3) Transportation and daily allowances. (4) Access to tutoring. (5) Coaching. (6) Locker rooms. (7) Practice and competitive facilities. (8) Medical and training facilities and services. (9) Publicity. (f) You have the right to have access to a gender equity coordinator to answer questions regarding gender equity laws. (g) You have the right to contact the State Department of Education and the California Interscholastic Federation to access information on gender equity laws. (h) You have the right to file a confidential discrimination complaint with the United States Office of Civil Rights or the State Department of Education if you believe you have been discriminated against or if you believe you have received unequal treatment on the basis of your sex. (i) You have the right to pursue civil remedies if you have been discriminated against. (j) You have the right to be protected against retaliation if you file a discrimination complaint.

A description of how to file a complaint under Title IX

  • A written complaint alleging district violation of applicable state or federal law or regulations governing adult education programs, consolidated categorical aid programs, migrant education, career technical and technical education and training programs, child care and development programs, child nutrition programs, and special education programs may be filed by any individual, public agency, or organization. (5 CCR 4630)
  • Any complaint alleging noncompliance with law regarding the prohibition against requiring students to pay student fees, deposits, and charges or any requirement related to the LCAP may be filed anonymously if the complaint provides evidence, or information leading to evidence, to support an allegation of noncompliance. A complaint about a violation of the prohibition against the charging of unlawful student fees may be filed with the principal of the school. However, any such complaint shall be filed no later than one year from the date the alleged violation occurred. (Education Code 4901352075; 5 CCR 4630)
  • A complaint alleging unlawful discrimination (such as discriminatory harassment, intimidation, or bullying) may be filed only by a person who alleges that he/she personally suffered the unlawful discrimination or by a person who believes that an individual or any specific class of individuals has been subjected to it. The complaint shall be initiated no later than six months from the date when the alleged unlawful discrimination occurred, or six months from the date when the complainant first obtained knowledge of the facts of the alleged unlawful discrimination. The time for filing may be extended for up to 90 days by the Superintendent or designee for good cause upon written request by the complainant setting forth the reasons for the extension. (5 CCR 4630)
  • When a complaint alleging unlawful discrimination (such as discriminatory harassment, intimidation, or bullying) is filed anonymously, the compliance officer shall pursue an investigation or other response as appropriate, depending on the specificity and reliability of the information provided and the seriousness of the allegation.
  • When the complainant or alleged victim of unlawful discrimination (such as discriminatory harassment, intimidation, or bullying) requests confidentiality, the compliance officer shall inform him/her that the request may limit the district's ability to investigate the conduct or take other necessary action. When honoring a request for confidentiality, the district shall nevertheless take all reasonable steps to investigate and resolve/respond to the complaint consistent with the request.
  • If a complainant is unable to put a complaint in writing due to conditions such as a disability or illiteracy, district staff shall assist him/her in the filing of the complaint. (5 CCR 4600)
  • Forward complaints to Lori Cheatham, Director of Operations, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Tel: 510-873-8800

Source: MSD Administrative Regulation 1312.3 and links highlighted above

An explanation of the statute of limitations within which a complaint must be filed after an alleged incident of discrimination has occurred, and how a complaint may be filed beyond the statute of limitations.

  • A complaint alleging retaliation or unlawful discrimination (such as discriminatory harassment, intimidation, or bullying) must be filed not later than six months from the date it occurred, or six months from the date the complainant first obtained knowledge of the facts of the alleged unlawful discrimination. The time for filing may be extended for up to 90 days by the Superintendent or designee for good cause upon written request by the complainant setting forth the reasons for the extension.
  • A complaint alleging unlawful discrimination (such as discriminatory harassment, intimidation, or bullying) may be filed only by a person who alleges that he/she personally suffered the unlawful discrimination or by a person who believes that an individual or any specific class of individuals has been subjected to it. The complaint shall be initiated no later than six months from the date when the alleged unlawful discrimination occurred, or six months from the date when the complainant first obtained knowledge of the facts of the alleged unlawful discrimination. The time for filing may be extended for up to 90 days by the Superintendent or designee for good cause upon written request by the complainant setting forth the reasons for the extension. 

Source: MSD Administrative Regulation 1312.3, 5 CCR 4630

An explanation of how the complaint will be investigated and how the complainant may further pursue the complaint, including, but not limited to, Internet Web links to this information on the United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights’ Internet Web site.  

  • US Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights HERE
  • Office of U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission HERE
  • Per MSD Administrative Regulation 1312.3, All Uniform Complaint Procedures related complaints shall be investigated and resolved within 60 calendar days of the district's receipt of the complaint unless the complainant agrees in writing to an extension of the timeline. (5 CCR 4631).  The compliance officer shall maintain a record of each complaint and subsequent related actions, including steps taken during the investigation and all information required for compliance with 5 CCR 4631 and 4633. All parties involved in the allegations shall be notified when a complaint is filed and when a decision or ruling is made. However, the compliance officer shall keep all complaints or allegations of retaliation or unlawful discrimination (such as discriminatory harassment, intimidation, or bullying) confidential except when disclosure is necessary to carry out the investigation, take subsequent corrective action, conduct ongoing monitoring, or maintain the integrity of the process. (5 CCR 46304964

An Internet Web link to the United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights complaints form, and the contact information for the office, which shall include the phone number and email address for the office.

  • U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights Form - HERE (click at bottom of page)
  • Contact Information: 
  • U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Bldg, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202-1100, Telephone: 800-421-3481, FAX: 202-453-6012; TDD: 800-877 8339, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • San Francisco Office, Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 50 United Nations Plaza, Mail Box 1200, Room 1545, San Francisco, CA 94102, Telephone: 415-486-5555, FAX: 415-486-5570; TDD: 800-877-8339, Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 OVERVIEW

Founded

Chartered May 2000 and opened September 2002

Character

Public Charter School in the Oakland Unified School District for grades 6 – 12.

Mission

Immersive arts experiences in a college preparatory setting, providing students unique opportunities for learning, innovation, expression and personal growth.

Campus

OSA is housed in Oakland’s historic Fox Theater, in the heart of downtown Oakland. This central location allows students access to the stimulation of a vibrant metropolitan hub, and is easily accessible by public transportation (including BART and AC Transit)

Enrollment Policy

Students are enrolled grade-blind, through an audition process before a panel of faculty/staff and community artists who assess artistic talent and potential.

Location

530 18th Street, Oakland, CA  94612

Accreditation

Western Association of Schools and Colleges

Memberships

Arts Schools Networks


California Charter Schools Association

National Association for College Admission Counseling

Affiliations

Music National Service Initiative


The Academic Experience

Academic Programs

OSA graduates meet the University of California A-G guidelines, which are the requirements for University of California and California State University admissions. The school curriculum revolves around the concept of integration, both between academic subjects and with the arts.

AP

Approximately 50% of high school students pursue one or more honors courses, which emphasizes independent learning and dialogue.  AP classes are currently offered in:  Calculus, Psychology, English Literature, English Language and Composition, Government, US History, Music Theory, and Studio Art.

Number of Academic Faculty

35

MS Student to Faculty Ratio

20:1

HS Student to Faculty Ratio

25:1


The Arts Experience

Middle School Arts Programs

Audio Production, Dance, Fashion, Figure Skating, Instrumental Music, Theater, Visual Art, and Vocal Music

High School Arts Programs

Audio Production & Engineering, Dance, Digital Media, Fashion, Instrumental Music, Literary Arts, Production Design, Theater, Visual Art, and Vocal Music 

Number of Arts Faculty

30

MS Student to Arts Faculty Ratio

12:1

HS Student to Arts Faculty Ratio

15:1

OSA attracts and retains a broad range of students drawn together by the organizing paradigm of the arts into a cohesive community. OSA's students demonstrate the value of creativity in academia. Over 95% of OSA graduates have gained admission to 4-year colleges and universities.