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Case Name Randolph v. Owasso School District I011 ED-OK-0005
Docket / Court 4:96-cv-00105 ( N.D. Okla. )
State/Territory Oklahoma
Case Type(s) Education
Case Summary
On February 15, 1996, parents, as next friends of their minor daughters, filed a class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District Of Oklahoma against Owasso Public Schools ("OPS") and individual District employees. Plaintiffs, represented by private counsel and ... read more >
On February 15, 1996, parents, as next friends of their minor daughters, filed a class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District Of Oklahoma against Owasso Public Schools ("OPS") and individual District employees. Plaintiffs, represented by private counsel and attorneys from the National Women's Law Center, claimed that OPS had violated Title IX, the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution, and 42 U.S.C. § 1983 by denying female students an equal opportunity to participate in interscholastic athletics.

Specifically, plaintiffs claimed that OPS had intentionally discriminated against female OPS students based solely on their gender in the scheduling of games and practice times; the provision of equipment, lockers rooms for both practice and competition, opportunity to receive qualified coaching, publicity and supplies; and the assignment and compensation of coaches. The plaintiffs also sought compensatory damages in their individual capacities.

Plaintiffs' motion for class certification was granted by the Court (Judge Terence C. Kern) on June 28, 1996.

On October 2, 1996, the Court (Judge Kern) entered a consent decree terminating the case and setting out the agreements reached regarding OPS's sports programs' availability to female students. Specifically, OPS was obligated to survey female students, urge female teams' coaches to play the maximum number of games permitted, and to engage in consistent efforts to provide intramural opportunities for 7th and 8th grade students. Finally, OPS was required to comply with various requirements related to budget and expenditures; coaches; equipment and supplies; facilities, including weight facilities; grievance procedures; policies, including maintenance of records related to compliance; publicity and support organizations; scheduling of games and practice times; Title IX personnel training; travel; and uniforms.

On November 22, 1996, the parties jointly agreed to dismiss the lawsuit with prejudice. On May 21, 1997, the Court (Judge Kern) awarded plaintiffs $32,941 in attorney's fees and costs. On August 16, 1999, OPS tendered a report in support of its compliance with the consent decree, detailing OPS's obligations and related compliance.

Heather Turner - 05/29/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Constitutional Clause
Equal Protection
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Goals and Timekeeping
Hire
Monitoring
Other requirements regarding hiring, promotion, retention
Recordkeeping
Defendant-type
Elementary/Secondary School
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
General
Failure to train
Funding
Record-keeping
Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)
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) Owasso Independent School District
Plaintiff Description Parents, as next friends of their minor daughters, and on behalf of all those similarly situated.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Attorneys fees
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 1996 - n/a
Case Closing Year 1997
Case Ongoing Yes
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 ]

  Gender Equity In Athletics: The New Battleground of Interscholastic Sports
By: Ray Yasser & Samuel J. Schiller (University of Tulsa College of Law)
Citation: 15 Cardozo Arts & Ent. L.J. 371 (1997).
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Gender Equity in Interscholastic Sports: The Final Saga: The Fight for Attorneys' Fees
By: Ray Yasser & Samuel J. Schiller (University of Tulsa College of Law)
Citation: 34 Tulsa L. J. 85 (1998)
[ 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)
4:96−cv−00105 (N.D. Okla.) 08/16/1999
ED-OK-0005-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Class Action Complaint 02/15/1996
ED-OK-0005-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: Plaintiffs' counsel
Consent Decree 10/02/1996 (N.D. Okla.)
ED-OK-0005-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: Plaintiffs' counsel
Owasso School District's Compliance [With Consent Decree] Report 08/16/1999
ED-OK-0005-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Kern, Terence C. (N.D. Okla.)
ED-OK-0005-0004 | ED-OK-0005-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Appelbaum, Judith C. (District of Columbia)
ED-OK-0005-0003 | ED-OK-0005-9000
Brake, Deborah (District of Columbia)
ED-OK-0005-0003 | ED-OK-0005-9000
Schiller, Samuel (Tennessee)
ED-OK-0005-0003 | ED-OK-0005-9000
Yasser, Raymond (Oklahoma)
ED-OK-0005-0003 | ED-OK-0005-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Long, Karen Lea (Oklahoma)
ED-OK-0005-0001 | ED-OK-0005-9000
Mann, J Douglas (Oklahoma)
ED-OK-0005-0001 | ED-OK-0005-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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