NWLC Files Complaint Against 12 School Districts for Alleged Title IX Violations

The National Women’s Law Center, a Vision 2020 National Ally,  held a webinar Dec. 1 titled “Rally for Girls’ Sports: A Guide to Title IX for Parents, Coaches, and School Officials” to discuss the importance of educating communities about Title IX and to eliminate discrimination in school districts for girls’ sports. The webinar hinged on complaints filed by the NWLC on Nov. 10 against 12 school districts across the country for allegedly failing to provide high school girls with equal opportunities to play sports in violation of Title IX.

Title IX was passed in 1972, and it prohibits sex discrimination in federally funded education programs, among other issues. Title IX applies broadly to every federally funded extracurricular activity.

The complaints filed by the NWLC are based on the schools’ own data, which allegedly reveals “pervasive and growing inequities in the number of opportunities for girls to play sports in high school,” the NWLC noted in a press release. This lack of opportunity is seen in the absence of girls’ sports teams in state-sanctioned sports like swimming, golf and tennis.

The school districts named in the complaint are: Chicago Public Schools (IL), Clark County School District (NV), Columbus City Schools (OH), Deer Valley Unified School District (AZ), Henry County Schools (GA), Houston Independent School District (TX), Irvine Unified School District (CA), New York City Department of Education (NY), Oldham County Schools (KY), Sioux Falls School District (SD), Wake County Public School System (NC), and Worcester Public Schools (MA). Read more about the specific school districts in the complaint: www.nwlc.org/rallybriefing.

During the webinar, the NWLC noted ways for parents, educators and advocates to help ensure Title IX is not being violated in their school district and that all girls have equal opportunity to play sports. Parents can let school officials know about their concern, discuss equity with the school district’s Title IX coordinator, find out if school has grievance filing procedure and develop plan of action to address problem areas.

Some measures schools can take are to ensure a Title IX coordinator is in place (this is mandated by law for any school that receives federal funding), train students and staff members about the Title IX requirements are, evaluate athletics programs for compliance and contact Office for Civil Rights about how to comply with Title IX.

Advocates can get involved in the Rally for Girls’ Sports campaign, participate in National Girls and Women in Sports Day on Feb.  2 and take action on legislation.


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One Response to NWLC Files Complaint Against 12 School Districts for Alleged Title IX Violations

  1. Lisa Quan says:

    As a group of individuals dedicated to equal rights, we know that you are passionate about securing equal opportunities for women and girls. That’s why we need your help on this important issue affecting girls nationwide.

    For the first time, the NWLC is hosting Blog to Rally for Girls’ Sports Day (http://action.nwlc.org/site/PageNavigator/Blog_to_Rally_Girls_Sports) on December 8th, celebrating the importance of girls in sports and the far-reaching benefits of athletics participation for girls nationwide.

    On December 8th, we invite you to blog and raise awareness about the benefits and advantages for girls who participate in their school sports programs to Rally for Girls’ Sports (http://www.nwlc.org/our-issues/education-%2526amp%3B-title-ix/athletics).

    The idea behind our Blog to Rally for Girls’ Sports Day is simple: “What did you win by playing sports?” You can use this theme to begin discussing what the chance to participate in athletics programs meant to you and/or your daughter and how it has impacted your lives.

    Some things to keep in mind as you’re writing:
    Research has repeatedly shown that participation in sports has many benefits for young women. For example, participation in sports decreases girls’ chances of becoming obese and developing heart disease, osteoporosis, and breast cancer. Female athletes have higher levels of self-esteem, a lower incidence of depression and a more positive body image than non-athletes. Girls who play sports have higher grades, better test scores, and are less likely to drop out. They also have more opportunities to apply for athletic scholarships, which can help them attend college. Female athletes are also more likely to participate in traditionally male-dominated occupations, which are typically higher paying. In addition, more than four out of five executive businesswomen played sports growing up, and the vast majority reported that the lessons they learned on the playing field contributed to their success in business. By playing sports, girls win more than a game.

    You can sign up for Blog to Rally for Girls’ Sports on December 8th by visiting http://action.nwlc.org/site/PageNavigator/Blog_to_Rally_Girls_Sports. You can also download a graphic for your post on the sign-up page.

    And please spread the word—ask all your friends to Blog to Rally for Girls’ Sports on December 8th!


    Lisa Quan
    Outreach Intern for Education, Employment and Family Economic Security
    National Women’s Law Center

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