Title IX complaint filed alleging disparities between girls’ and boys’ sports in D.C. public schools
The Washington Post published a story yesterday that alleges fewer opportunities and lower-quality facilities, fields, uniforms, lockers and coaching for girls’ sports in District of Columbia public schools.
As a result, the National Women’s Law Center filed a formal complaint with the Education Department’s Office of Civil Rights charging District public schools with violating Title IX, the federal law that outlaws sex discrimination in schools and school sports. This is the second Title IX athletic discrimination complain against DCPS since 2012.
The problem is widespread nationally “but these gaps in the District are really steep,” said Neena Chaudhry, senior counsel with the National Women’s Law Center, who has worked on Title IX issues for 15 years. “At Roosevelt, the gap is 26 percent. That’s a huge red flag.”