The Office for Civil Rights at the US Department of Education determined, following its investigation, that two high schools in Oldham County, Kentucky violated Title IX by failing to provide equal locker room facilities for male and female athletes. Passed in 1972, Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in all levels of education.
Neena Chaudhry, Senior Counsel for Education and Employment at the National Women’s Law Center, stated, “The resolution of this complaint is a victory for the girls in Oldham County. The school district must produce a plan that will provide equal facilities for the boys’ and girls’ sports teams…[this] reminds us that while girls have made great strides in athletics because of Title IX, there is still much work to be done to level the playing field.”
Chaudry indicated that the National Women’s Law Center filed another Title IX complaint against Oldham County Schools with the Office of Civil Rights last November for not offering female students equal opportunities to play high school sports.
Media Resources: National Women’s Law Center 8/12/11; Lexington KY News 8/12/11; Feminist Daily Newswire 8/5/11
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