Three conservative group are urging the Wake County school system to fight a federal Title IX probe into allegations of gender discrimination in high school sports.
The National Women’s Law Center is accusing Wake and 11 other school districts around the country of failing to provide high school girls with equal opportunities as boys to play interscholastic sports. The College Sports Council sent a letter today to all 12 districts urging them "to resist pressure from the National Women's Law Center to enforce gender quotas in high school athletics."
In a press release today announcing the letter, the College Sports Council, the Pacific Legal Foundation and the Independent Women’s Forum contend that applying the same standard used in intercollegiate athletics for Title IX compliance to high schools is unconstitutional and could result in sidelining as many as 1.3 million male athletes.
This article in the Tucson Citizen lays out the three-prong test:
Test 1. A school’s male and female athletes are proportionate to enrollment.
Test 2. A school has a history and continuing practice of expanding opportunities for female students.
Test 3. A school can demonstrate that the interests and abilities of female students are fully and effectively accommodated.
With 1.3 million more boys than girls playing in high school sports, the groups say schools may wind up dropping male teams to equalize the gender numbers.
“[W]e believe the application of the three-part test to scholastic sports will unnecessarily compel you to reduce participation opportunities for boys in your school district in a manner that could violate constitutional rights of your students,” wrote CSC Chairman Eric Pearson in the letter to 12 school districts. “We urge you to vigorously contest this effort in order to avoid what would be devastating consequences for your schools and your student athletes and potential legal consequences for your district,” said the letter.
Here's the Title IX complaint filed against Wake. The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights notified the 12 districts in January that they were opening investigations into the complaints.
Click here to view the detailed info that OCR wants from Wake and the other 11 school districts.