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Local Schools Title IX Violators?


A complaint has been filed with the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights claiming that about 60 schools in Oregon are in violation of Title IX legislation that provides equal sports participation of girls and boys. All four Bend La Pine High Schools, and Redmond High are included in the complaint saying there is "continuing or increasing substantial female participation gaps." Peter Weber with the Oregon Schools Activities Association says he believes the complainant did not thoroughly research his charges: “It sounds like what the person who filed the complaint did is: they took the participation numbers that we asked our schools to fill out every year. We have those on our website. I think he took those numbers and ran them through something that said: there's this many girls that are participating, there's this many boys that are participating and those numbers are way off." And that's what I think is the basis for the complaint." Weber says he believes the schools offer opportunities for most sports to both boys and girls; but ratios of girls that decide to participate may look different when compared to total student bodies. He says OSAA officials are meeting in July and will discuss the issue. They offer Title IX seminars each year, so schools are kept current with regulations.

 

 

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