Six health and civil rights groups have filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s office for civil rights, claiming that California is failing to comply with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by not providing equal access to physical education opportunities to minority students.
According to the complaint, a number of recent studies have found that black and minority students “are systematically denied quality physical education and are less physically fit than other students in California public schools.”
The groups are asking the OCR to make sure the state education department, districts, and schools “comply with the legal obligation to provide students with equal access to resources for physical education and fitness without regard to race, color, or national origin.”
A version of this article appeared in the August 26, 2015 edition of Education Week as Lawsuit: Calif. Fails to Offer Equal P.E. to Minorities