Academic journal article Women in Sport & Physical Activity Journal

Title IX Commission Report & Minority Report. (NAGWS)

Academic journal article Women in Sport & Physical Activity Journal

Title IX Commission Report & Minority Report. (NAGWS)

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On June 27, 2002, Secretary of Education Rod Paige announced the establishment of a blue-ribbon panel to study Title IX. This 15-member group, called the Commission on Opportunities in Athletics, was to collect information, analyze issues, and obtain broad public input directed at improving the application of current Federal standards for measuring equal opportunity for men and women and boys and girls to participate in athletics under Title IX. The Commission conducted four town-hall meetings in different parts of the country to obtain a public discussion of the issues and held two meetings to discuss their findings and develop their recommendations. The Commission finalized their work in early 2003 and on February 26, 2003, submitted their final report to U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige for consideration.

Due to the negative overall tone and a lack of representation of the minority voice in the final report, Julie Foudy and Donna DeVarona, two of the Commission members, developed an independent Minority Report. The Minority Report described many of the inequities in the process of the Commission and the potential harmful effects of some of the proposals forwarded to Secretary Paige. As indicated in the Minority Report, the Commission's report "fails to present a full and fair consideration of the issues or a clear statement of the discrimination women and girls still face in obtaining equal opportunity in athletics . . . many of the recommendations would seriously weaken Title IX's protections and substantially reduce the opportunities to which women and girls are entitled under current law ...only one of the proposals would address the budgetary causes underlying the discontinuation of some men's teams, and others would not restore opportunities that have been lost. …

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