Friday, January 08, 2010

Complaint against Lebanon temporarily suspended

A complaint brought anonymously against Lebanon High School in Oregon has been suspended for now while the school collects data on gender equity in its athletics department.
At issue in the original complaint filed in November 2009 was the facilities and benefits received by the baseball team versus the softball team. Part of the disparity is allegedly due to fundraising that occurs on behalf of the baseball team which, as many of us know, does not absolve a school from providing an equitable experience.
A self-assessment, though, will look at more than just baseball versus softball. It will be--hopefully--a comprehensive examination of the school's athletic department and the experiences and opportunities it provides to its student athletes.

1/11 Update: Here is a link to an article that gives the timeline and steps OCR is requiring of Lebanon in order to drop the complaint.