RE: Title IX softball case

Date: Wed Apr 26 2000 - 10:26:37 EDT

They don't complain--they just say let's count cheerleading and dance/drill
team. When approached to add a girls sport it takes an act of Congress or
threat of lawsuit to get it done--not so for boys.

After eleven years of monitoring for Title IX/RCW 28A.640 for the state of
Washington, I've heard it all. Blair vs. WSU was one of if not the first
case to establish the "pariticipation rates" analysis and it has given true
direction to districts. In Washington at the high school level there has
been no dismantling for boys, in fact their opportunities and participation
have continued to grow as well. Monitoring school districts, law suits and
student advocates (individuals and organization) have made all the
difference (raising expectations).

I have seen Title IX Officers loose their jobs when they have told their
school districts what Title IX required and the district didn't like it.

There may be two different pictures here--one a collegiate and one a high
school. My guess is the colleges are much farther behind in Title IX
compliance than the high schools and now someone is saying get into
compliance at the collegiate level and they don't like it.

This is my last statement on this topic--I recognize your political
on it.

Darcy Lees

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