- Little Elm ISD
Superintendent Releases Results to Independent Investigation, After-Action Review
To our Little Elm ISD Community
Little Elm ISD has received the report of the Independent Investigation into a sexual misconduct claim that was the center of last month’s student protest. The investigation also included a series of sexual misconduct allegations made in a Change.org petition that has gained nearly 34,000 signatures.
The investigation was focused on Title IX compliance, which is a civil rights law that prohibits educational entities that receive federal funds to discriminate on the basis of sex in education programs and activities. Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex can include sexual harassment or sexual violence, such as rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion.
Title IX Investigative Report
Attorneys from the law firm of Eichelbaum, Wardell, Hansen, Powell, and Munoz, P.C. spoke directly with students, parents, and administrators identified in a Change.org petition critical of the way the District handled a series of allegations of sexual misconduct.
The overall summary of the report indicated the District meets Title IX requirements and there was not a systematic failure. However, the report provides recommendations for ways the District can improve.
The report spells these out in detail, including the hiring of a dedicated Title IX coordinator, more training for our staff, education efforts for students, and better communication with parents and students throughout any student misconduct investigation.
View the Independent Investigation Results -- www.littleelmisd.net/investigation
After-Action Review of LEHS November 19, 2021 Incident
The District has also received the After-Action Review results of the student demonstration on November 19, 2021, which led to the arrest of several students. The report also makes multiple recommendations on how the District can better prepare to deal with this type of situation, support students, and communicate with parents.
View the After-Action Review -- www.littleelmisd.net/after-action
It is important to note that while we can and will improve, it is not accurate to say that the District failed our students. It is also important to emphasize that there is no excuse for some of the actions taken by students during the recent demonstrations that have led to criminal charges.
As both reports clearly demonstrate these are challenging times for our students, administrators, and our staff. We are all working diligently to provide a safe environment for the students entrusted with our care to learn and mature into young adults. Better resources, training, and planning outlined in these two reports will help us continue to improve and achieve that important goal.
District administration will be reviewing all recommendations over the next several weeks for a final report to the Board of Trustees.
Daniel Gallagher, Ed.S.
Superintendent of Schools