Sunday, September 09, 2012

OCR Called to Investigate Title IX Violations by the South Carolina Department of Education and 20 School Districts

We've got our eye on a number of complaints reportedly filed with the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights targeting sex discrimination in athletics in the state of South Carolina.  One complaint names the South Carolina Department of Education, while a separate round of complaints addresses particular disparities at 20 school districts in the state.  The media hasn't yet reported much detail about this, other than to note that OCR is in the early stages of intake with the earlier-filed SCDOE.

In June, OCR settled a Title IX complaint against the Spartanburg, South Carolina school district, in a manner requiring the district's Boiling Springs and Chesnee High School to change the manner in which they schedule double-header basketball games so that girls have equal opportunity to the prime time slot.  No word yet on whether similar allegations are included in the recent complaints.