Hector and Itza Ayala sat in a conference room at Houston's prestigious high school for the performing arts, clutching a document they hoped would force administrators to investigate their 15-year-old daughter's claim of a classroom sex assault.It had been four months since the girl reported being attacked by another student. "As I read more and more," she said, "I thought, 'This is exactly what happened, this is exactly what they're not doing. '" Three years earlier, the office had issued detailed guidance on what schools must do upon receiving reports of student sexual violence in K-12 schools.He also locked his classroom door and covered the windows with paper during one-on-one “editing” sessions.
The civil trial started last week after victims’ families alleged that Morgan Hill Unified School District had available training to prevent or detect faster the chronic sexual abuse of students by Loyd, a former teacher at Paradise Valley.Five years later, the White House created a student sex assault task force and launched a website with prevention strategies and legal advice.Schools under investigation by OCR were publicly identified.An Associated Press analysis of OCR records found that only about one in 10 sexual violence complaints against elementary and secondary schools led to improvements.And nearly half of all such cases remain unresolved—the Ayalas' among them. The reality is that we've gone too slow," said Catherine Lhamon, the former head of OCR.