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Case Name Johnson v. Gadsden City Schools ED-AL-0002
Docket / Court 4:03-cv-02159-RBP ( N.D. Ala. )
State/Territory Alabama
Case Type(s) Education
Case Summary
On August 5, 2003, parents, as next friends of their three minor, student daughters, filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama under the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution, 42 U.S.C. § 1983, and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 197 ... read more >
On August 5, 2003, parents, as next friends of their three minor, student daughters, filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama under the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution, 42 U.S.C. § 1983, and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. §§ 1681 et seq. against Gadsden City School District and its superintendent. Plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, asked the court for declaratory and injunctive relief, claiming that Gadsden City Schools had violated Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972, 20 U.S.C. § 1681 by denying plaintiffs' daughters' an equal opportunity to participate in interscholastic and other school-sponsored athletics and the equal treatment and benefits that must necessarily accompany them.

Specifically, plaintiffs claimed that Gadsden City Schools discriminated against plaintiffs' daughters in the accommodation of student interests and abilities; the funding of athletics; access to equipment and supplies; the scheduling of games and practice times; travel; the assignment and compensation of coaches; and the provision of locker rooms and facilities for both practice and competition and training facilities and services.

On October 15, 2003, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama (Judge Robert B. Propst) dismissed with prejudice all claims against the superintendent. On May 7, 2004, the parties entered into a settlement agreement, settling all issues except the payment of attorneys' fees. On November 2, 2004, the Court dismissed with prejudice all claims in accordance with the parties' settlement agreement. On November 5, 2004, the parties entered into another settlement agreement settling the issue of attorneys' fees for $43,000.

The case was closed on November 2, 2004.

Heather Turner - 03/24/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Constitutional Clause
Equal Protection
Defendant-type
Elementary/Secondary School
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. §§ 1681 et seq.
42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Gadsden City School District
Plaintiff Description Parents as next friends of their three minor student daughters.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Mixed
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Attorneys fees
Unknown
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Private Settlement Agreement
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2004
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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Case Studies Courts and Kids: Pursuing Educational Equity Through the State Courts
By: Michael Rebell (Columbia University, and Campaign for Educational Equity)
Citation: (University of Chicago Press, 2009)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Links Dear Colleague Letter: Athletic Activities Counted for Title IX Compliance
http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/index.html
Posted: Sep. 17, 2008
By: United States Department of Education—Office of Civil Rights (U.S. Department of Justice)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
4:03-cv-02159 (N.D. Ala.) 11/05/2004
ED-AL-0002-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 08/05/2003
ED-AL-0002-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Dismissal Order 10/15/2003 (N.D. Ala.)
ED-AL-0002-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order 11/02/2004 (N.D. Ala.)
ED-AL-0002-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Settlement Agreemement 11/05/2004
ED-AL-0002-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Propst, Robert Bruce (N.D. Ala.)
ED-AL-0002-0002 | ED-AL-0002-0003 | ED-AL-0002-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Schiller, Samuel (Tennessee)
ED-AL-0002-0001 | ED-AL-0002-0004 | ED-AL-0002-9000
Yasser, Raymond (Oklahoma)
ED-AL-0002-0001 | ED-AL-0002-0004 | ED-AL-0002-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Knowles, Christie D (Alabama)
ED-AL-0002-9000
Sullivan, Joshua B. (Alabama)
ED-AL-0002-0004 | ED-AL-0002-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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