The National Women’s Law Center is coming after the Wake County School System and they didn’t even know it. The law center claims that the WCSS is in violation of Title IX by not providing equal opportunity for girls to play in sports.
According to the complaint:
The difference between the percentage of girls enrolled and the percentage of athletes who are girls at high schools in the District is 11.8 percentage points. If the high schools in the District provided girls with opportunities substantially proportionate to enrollment, an additional 2,620 girls would be able to play sports.
Title IX was written to guarantee equal opportunity in educational activities. But here again, it is an unstoppable campaign to impose quotas and gender preferences in schools.
As I have said before, the Title IX amendment, which simply outlaws sex discrimination in educational institutions, is not the problem; it is the way Title IX is administered.
In this case, since Wake County Schools receive federal financial assistance, they must be in accordance with Title IX. But according to the N&O:
Bobby Guthrie, the Wake County athletic director, said the filing came as a surprise to Wake officials, adding that no one from the National Women’s Law Center had contacted him. He praised the school system’s commitment to girls’ sports, citing the 24 N.C. High School Athletic Association 4-A state championships won by Wake schools’ girls teams the last five years.
If Wake County is in violation of not providing enough sports for girls, then WCSS needs to make some changes in their athletic department. However, I hope that WCSS is meeting the demand of girl’s sports, and not the pressure to reach a gender quota.