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Friday, June 28, 2002
 
8:42 AM

Title IX Breakthrough...At least as far as coverage is concerned. Today's story by Valerie Strauss and Mike Allen does a fine job of reporting on yesterday's hearing (they must have known I was watching) as well as laying out both sides of the conflict over whether enforcement is unfairly harming boys and men. Maybe the problem is Jessica Hopp, the reporter who filed the last Title IX story and I suspect a previous one by a "Washington Post Staff Writer" during the byline strike, both comically biased.

Today's story also examines claims rather than merely reprinting them:

Title IX proponents called the panel [just created to study Title IX] unnecessary and said they fear that strong supporters of the law who are among the 15 panel members will be given little voice. "If the administration wants to improve Title IX, it should strengthen enforcement of the law and policies already on the books," said Marcia Greenberger, president of the Washington-based National Women's Law Center.

A White House official maintained that the commission is not stacked with Title IX opponents. "It's a broad array of independent-thinking people that are committed to the law and want to make it work," the official said.

The panel includes strong Title IX supporters Donna De Varona and Julie Foudy. De Varona, a two-time Olympic gold medalist in swimming, is chairman of the U.S. Olympic Committee's Government Relations Committee and co-founder of the Women's Sports Foundation. Foudy is president of the Women's Sports Foundation and captain of the U.S. national women's soccer team. Neither was available for comment yesterday.


And we get a quote from a key figure in the suit against the Dept. of Education:

Mike Moyers, executive director of the [National Wrestling Coaches] association, said he supported the panel and was "extremely encouraged" that the issue had been raised to such a high level. But he said he was disappointed that the coaches of male teams in the four sports most directly affected -- swimming, wrestling, track and gymnastics -- were not given a seat at the table.

Reporting is more fun when you talk to everybody, for good writers and readers too.



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