RE: what constituted discrimination? -Reply

McKevitt, Susan (
Mon, 16 Mar 1998 13:13:45 -0500

Sounds good, Linda. Would the Women's Legal Defense fund take something
like this on? Amending Title 9 to cover this glaring hole is another
avenue, however, the dangers of that are apparent and thus it is really
not a viable option.
Susan McKevitt
Bureau for Equity
NH Department of Education
101 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301
Phone (603) 271-6613
Fax (603) 271-1953

-----Original Message-----
From: Linda Purrington []
Sent: Thursday, March 12, 1998 11:23 PM
Subject: Re: what constituted discrimination? -Reply

Again, I respectfully disagree. If biased textbooks and
teaching lead to the development of a hostile environment for
then clearly that aggregates as a hostile environment; as
discrimination. And I feel strongly that so little has been
done with
Title IX that the case law we have in hand is not a very good
guide to
what the courts might say if we only had the courage and
audacity to
pose the challenge, the meanwhile rousing up the community. It
is so
good to have the Lesemanns in on this--personally, I think it
would be
nice to launch a class action suit on behalf of all the girls of
United States for the male-oriented schooling our daughters are
subjected to. Let's. Linda, Title IX Advocates


Equitymk wrote:
> REgarding textbooks: Title IX regulations specifically exclude
any discussion
> about them. The reason behind it was to avoid any accusation
of censorship,
> as I recall the Dept of Ed (then Office fo Education)
reasoning behind that
> clause. Sex equity professionals from the beginning, however,
have encouraged
> educators to review texts for bias and either supplement
existing texts, or
> use bias as one criterion when choosing texts to begin with.
> specifically, one cannot use biased textbooks as a reason to
file a Title IX
> complaint, in my opinion. MKeyes <>

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