Should Title IX be changed? .While a new government panel is weighing issues of fairness surrounding Title IX, some groups are gearing up to ensure that the 30-year-old anti-discrimination law Anti-discrimination law refers to the law on people's right to be treated equally. Most developed countries mandate that in employment, in consumer transactions and in political participation people may be dealt with on an equal basis regardless of sex, race, ethnicity, remains unchanged.
The panel, called the Commission on Opportunity in Athletics, is made up of sports professionals and educators. It was created by the Department of Education to "examine ways to strengthen enforcement" of the law as it applies to athletics to "ensure fairness for all."
The bulk of the controversy has been stemming from a community of wrestlers from Division I colleges and universities. Critics claim the law has caused some men's teams to be eliminated and has perpetuated sports teams that have no following.
The formation of the panel and the questions that it is charged with answering implies there's some problem with Title IX, says Leslie T Annexstein, senior counsel with the National Women's Law Center The National Women's Law Center (NWLC) is a Washington, DC-based non-profit organization. Through litigation and policy initiatives, the Center strives to improve the lives of women and their families in the areas of health, employment, family economic security, and education. in Washington, D.C. She says what's needed is better enforcement of the law and not any changes that could water the law down.
"From our point of view, the Title IX standards that have been in place for decades have provided opportunities for women and girls," Annexstein says. "The standards have been affirmed by every federal court that has examined them."
Members of the panel say, however, that there is nothing wrong with hearing from the public about their concerns with the law.
"After our first meeting in Washington, D.C., I can tell you this is a group of totally dedicated, caring group of individuals who will take a look at this issue, and we'll see what happens," says Gene DeFilippo, athletic director Athletic director (commonly, "athletics director") is a position at many American colleges and universities, as well as in larger high schools and middle schools, which oversees the work of the coaches and related staff involved in intercollegiate or interscholastic athletic at Boston College Boston College, main campus at Chestnut Hill, Mass.; coeducational; Jesuit; est. and opened 1863. Actually a university, the school's Chestnut Hill campus comprises colleges of arts and sciences and business administration, the graduate school, and schools of nursing .
Lisa Graham Keegan, chief executive officer of the Education Leaders Council and the sole member of the panel representing the interests of grades K-12, said she too was heartened by the openness of the panel members.
"I was struck by the fact that the panel is made up of a bunch of people who seem to be unanimous fans of the principles of Title IX," Keegan says, adding that she is eager to hear about the pros and cons pros and cons
the advantages and disadvantages of a situation [Latin pro for + con(tra) against] of the law at the first public testimony hearing scheduled later this month in Atlanta.
The debate surrounding Title IX does not have the same "edge" to it at the grade level as in the universities, Keegan says. Still, the issues do have a trickle-down effect This article discusses a marketing phenomenon. For the political term see trickle-down economics.
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"Whatever interests students may have are either enhanced or thwarted by what's available to them at the K-12 level," Keegan says.
The commission is charged with gathering information and preparing recommendations by early 2003.
Annexstein said that while she is heartened to see Women's Sports Foundation The Women's Sports Foundation (WSF) "is a charitable educational organization dedicated to ensuring equal access to participation and leadership opportunities for all girls and women in sports and fitness. President Julie Foudy Julie Maurine Foudy (born 23 January 1971 in San Diego, California) was a midfielder for the United States women's national soccer team from 1987 through 2004, finishing with a remarkable 271 caps. on the panel, the number of athletic directors from Division I colleges on the commission raises some concerns.
But Annexstein says there is enough flexibility in the law to allow fairness to all sides.
"They don't believe that women are as interested in participating in sports as men. That's the crux Crux (krks) [Lat.,=cross], small but brilliant southern constellation whose four most prominent members form a Latin cross, the famous Southern Cross. of it," Annexstein says.