Wake County school officials are expressing surprise that the district was one of 12 nationally targeted for a federal Title IX complaint on Wednesday.
As noted in today's article by Tim Stevens, the National Women’s Law Center accuses the 12 school systems of failing to provide high school girls with equal opportunities as boys to play interscholastic sports. A big point of the complaint is that, citing 2006 data, there is a 11.8 percentage point difference between the percentage of Wake girls enrolled and the percentage of athletes who are girls.
Bobby Guthrie, Wake's senior administrator of athletics, said no one from the National Women’s Law Center had contacted him. He praised Wake's commitment to girls’ sports, citing the 24 N.C. High School Athletic Association 4-A state championships won by Wake schools’ girls’ teams the last five years.