By Ted Shorack
This week it was revealed that a complaint has been filed with the U.S. Office of Civil Rights over Oregon’s unequal treatment of girls sports. Wendy Owen of The Oregonian noted that the 594-page complaint names 100 schools all over Oregon. The schools that have been named are in violation of Title IX, a 1972 federal law making sure women get as many chances as men to play school sports.
Owen elaborated on South Eugene High, saying that 50.5 percent of the student body at south are girls, but only 21.7 percent are athletes. In total, 60 Oregon school districts have been named.
The Associated Press ran a story about the complaint, which was picked up in The Register Guard. The article explained that 9 schools in Lane County have been mentioned, including South Eugene, North Eugene, Churchill, Sheldon, Willamette, Springfield, Thurston, Cottage Grove and Oakridge high schools. The executive director of Oregon Schools Activities Association declined to comment on the situation.
KVAL News managed to speak with Eugene School District Spokesperson Kerry Delf. The districts spokesperson said that they always work to be in compliance with Title IX and that the district was prepared to cooperate fully with the investigation.
Kristine Newhall, a contributor to title-ix.blogspot.com, gave high praise for what she called a “massive undertaking.” She went on to express hope that Oregon Schools Activities Association would “at least look at the schools that seem to have the most egregious disparities.”