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Sunday, June 23, 2002
9:31 PM

The Independent Women's Forum sheds some light on the tactics of the National Women's Law Center. Apparently they could have benefited from some fact-checking:

Every few years, the National Women's Law Center launches a Title IX-related publicity stunt. Five years ago, on the 25th anniversary of the statute, they filed complaints against 25 schools with the Office for Civil Rights, which, under Clinton appointee Norma Cantu, swiftly launched investigations; the OCR later formally dismissed nearly all of the NWLC's groundless claims against the schools.

Today, on the 30th anniversary of Title IX, NWLC is up to its old tricks. Without even bothering to call the schools in question, the Center sent letters to the presidents of 30 schools, accusing them of denying girls equal amounts of scholarship money. It is worth noting, as well, that the NWLC did not file formal complaints against the schools -- in large part because their claims do not withstand scrutiny....

"It is obvious that the NWLC has issued their release without much research," Rick Taylor, athletics director at Northwestern University, told the Chronicle of HIgher Education. "Had they checked in Northwestern's case, they would have learned that we have added four women's sports in the last decade. . . We are phasing in the financial aid over a four-year period so as not to create a full squad turnover situation every fourth year -- it would be idiotic to do it any other way."

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