Saturday, November 11, 2006

Cheerleader Equity

Using cheerleading to promote and publicize boys' teams but not girls' violates Title IX.

OCR has recently concluded that the practice of the Southern Tier Athletic Conference, which includes 20 school districts in New York state, of having cheerleaders at boys' football and basketball games but not at girls' games will no longer be permitted From now on, cheerleaders will be required to perform at an equal number of girls' and boys' games.

AP is reporting that after reaching agreement with the STAC, OCR sent an advisory letter to all of the school districts in New York state to "encourage equality in all promotion and publicity, not just cheerleading."

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