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PostWatch: An irregular correction to the Washington Post

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Friday, February 28, 2003
1:20 PM

The National Women's Law Center (the bad guys) commented on Education Secretary Paige's Title IX recommendations. They have five specific problems; here are just three:
The Secretary’s statement is not a victory for Title IX or women’s sports. The Title IX policies that guarantee equal opportunity for women and girls are still very much on the chopping block,” said Marcia Greenberger, NWLC Co-President.

First, Secretary Paige has said that all 15 recommendations to which Commissioners initially agreed will be treated as "consensus" recommendations. But in their Minority Report, Commissioners Julie Foudy and Donna de Varona explicitly dissented from two of those recommendations, and expressed concerns about others, after reviewing them in the Commission's written report.

Second, one of the so-called consensus recommendations of the Commission which the Minority Report objected to allows the Secretary to come up with new ways to interpret and enforce Title IX that are not described in the report and were not even considered by the Commission. This blank check means the Secretary could make any changes no matter how devastating, and claim they were pursuant to the Commission mandate and the “consensus.”

Third, as pointed out in the Minority Report, several of the so-called consensus recommendations are so ambiguously worded, beyond the two specifically objected to, that without further clarification there could be no consensus there. The recommendations are unclearly worded and could be interpreted in ways that undercut participation opportunities and scholarship dollars for women and girls, as well as other Title IX protections....

Sounds like there's a lot of confusion out there. I know there's a lot of confusion here inside PostWatch.

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