Title IX Guidance ‘Problematic,’ Critics Say
Education Department Encourages Survey Use to Gauge Sports Interest
New Department of Education guidance on how colleges may comply with Title IX regarding athletic opportunities for women was met with criticism by women’s advocacy groups, but was welcomed by those who believe enforcement of the law has led to the elimination of some men’s teams.
The guidance, issued by the department’s office for civil rights as a “dear colleague” letter to educators on March 17, addresses a three-part test the Education Department uses to determine whether school athletics are in compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.
The law prohibits sex discrimination in educational programs receiving federal funds and is credited with opening up wider athletic opportunities for high school girls and college women. The Education Department’s Title IX regulations require schools and colleges to provide equal athletic opportunities for both sexes. An institution can prove its compliance by meeting any single prong...
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