Re: equity in private schools
Mon, 23 Feb 1998 22:49:41 -0500

Hi. I just joined the list. I'm a Title IX lawyer. You can sue a
private school for Title IX violations if you can show that it receives
any federal funding for any educational program or activity. The
inequitable program does not have to be the program that receives the
federal money. You CANNOT sue a private school under the 14th Amendment
unless the private school is SO intertwined with the government to make
its actions state action. This is VERY rare and usually only comes up
in reform school type issues where state courts order kids to go to a
school especially for juvenile delinquents. I hope this helps.



Linda Purrington wrote:
> Someone asked if Title IX applied to private schools--and if not, how
> could one achieve equity in such schools. No, it doesn't apply unless
> theprivate school receives any federal funding at all, and this can mean
> any program that is run out of the school, using school facilities,
> including playing fields, and any facilities or equipment used by any
> such program. However, there is hope for private school families: It is
> possible to file a lawsuit against the school for not providing
> educational equity under the Due Process clause of the Fourteeht
> Amendment, and it is also possible to sue a private school for fraud and
> breach of contract if you were given to understand that educational
> equity would be provided. Linda Purrington <>

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