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Tuesday, January 07, 2003
12:17 PM

Title IX Update.... I haven't taken a look at the College Sports Council's website for a long time, so I don't know when it was updated but it's much improved since last summer. The council has been fighting an uphill battle against quota-driven Title IX enforcement in high school and college athletics. If I remember correctly, the Dept. of Education is supposed to release the recommendations of its Title IX panel tomorrow. Here are some talking points from the College Sports Council; it's from a letter-writing campaign launched last week. Here's the other view from the Women's Sports Foundation, which I link despite its begging-the-question lede:

The Commission on Opportunity in Athletics, appointed by the U.S. Department of Education to examine Title IX as it applies to athletic programs, is poised to recommend the removal of the law’s long-standing equality standards. The levels they suggest would allow institutions to treat female athletes like second-class citizens, receiving from 2% to 25% fewer opportunities to participate and scholarship dollars.

True if schools are denying opportunities out of proportion to the women who want them. False if, as it happens to be the case, women generally choose to pursue competitive sports in lower proportions than men.

UPDATE: According to this schedule, the Jan. 8 meeting has been cancelled and new one announced:

January 29-30, Washington, DC: Specific location to be determined. Beginning at 9:00 am, on Wednesday, January 29th, the Commissioners will meet to discuss and focus on the Report and work through the afternoon. On Thursday, January 30th, at 9:00 the Commissioners will meet and continue to work on the Report until 1:00. The general public may observe this meeting; however, there will not be opportunity for public comment.

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