Complaint: Girls Shortchanged In CPS Sports

CHICAGO (CBS) – A women’s group has filed a complaint against the Chicago Public Schools, claiming boys have more opportunities to play sports than girls.

CPS does field girls’ sports teams, but the National Women’s Law Center says it’s only a small percentage.

The Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group is suing 12 school districts across the country. The group says district data indicates there is a double-digit gap between the total number of female students in each school district and the number of female athletes, the Chicago Tribune reported.

The complaint by the group says the gap is 33 percentage points in CPS high schools, the highest among all schools they have cited, the Tribune reported.

The law center claims the disparity means CPS is in violation of Title IX, the 1972 federal law that forbids discrimination in education programs that take in federal funding, the Tribune reported.

CPS has yet to comment on the complaint, which is being reviewed by its attorneys.

  • Kathy

    This “group” who is sueing, is also sueing many other school districts for a lack of female high school sports.

    Many schools around the nation can barely afford to remain open. Many teachers around the US have to buy their own school supplies! Many schools around the US can’t even afford school bus service, and can no longer afford sports venues for boys or girls. Most sports programs in schools is paid for by the parents. Parents pay for equipment, renting buses to get their kids to events, etc., etc., etc.

    An entire school district in Kansas shut down in 2010.

    I think this “group” is a bunch of opportunists looking for a big pay-off from all around the nation.

    The problems that schools face are not discriminatory to females in any way. It is sad to see this happening, kids should not be victims of this nation’s mishandling of basically everything, including the basic fundamentals: schooling.

    Learn first. Sports should be secondary. As of right now Title IX, the 1972 law is outdated. If this “group” from Washington D.C. would like to fund the 12 school districts they are sueing, that would be great.

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