Thursday, June 11, 2009

Lawsuit Filed Against Canton School District

Students and parents in Canton, Illinois, have sued School District No. 66 over alleged Title IX violations. Their complaint maintains that the district discriminates against girls' athletics in the scheduling practice times and times, and by providing equipment -- like sound systems -- and facilities -- such as locker rooms -- that are inferior to those provided for boys' athletics. Additionally, the plaintiffs charge that the district discriminates in the support and publicity for girls games by deploying the band, cheerleaders, and pompom squad to boys' games but not girls' games.

Canton is in the same county as Lewistown, whose school district settled a similar lawsuit in 2008, resulting in the upgrade of softball facilities there.