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Case Name Halbert v. Kilgore Indep. Sch. Dist. ED-TX-0004
Docket / Court 6:00-CV-00721 ( E.D. Tex. )
State/Territory Texas
Case Type(s) Education
Case Summary
On December 8, 2000, a mother of a female student filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas against Kilgore Independent School Districts on behalf of her minor daughter, at student within the school district. The complaint alleged that the school district had violated ... read more >
On December 8, 2000, a mother of a female student filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas against Kilgore Independent School Districts on behalf of her minor daughter, at student within the school district. The complaint alleged that the school district had violated Title IX by denying her daughter access to try out for the cheerleading team due to previous disciplinary action while two male students, who received identical disciplinary actions, were allowed to participate in athletics. The complaint alleged that the school district's enforcement of the disciplinary actions had a disparate impact on the female students' ability and opportunity to participate in programs and athletics. The complaint also alleged that the school district violated Title IX by providing uniforms, equipment and supplies on an unequal basis to male and female athletic teams.

On May 29, 2001, the plaintiff amended her complaint to seek class action certification on behalf of all female students at Kilgore Independent School District that were affected by the school district's unequal treatment and disproportionate emphasis on male athletic programs and extracurricular activities over female programs. Specifically, the plaintiff cited funds and benefits provided to male athletes that were not equally provided to female athletes. The plaintiff sought declaratory and injunctive relief.

Judge William M. Steger for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas ordered a mediation conference for the parties on July 20, 2001. Magistrate Judge Judith K. Guthrie filed a mediation report on August 28, 2001, indicating that the parties had reached a settlement. The plaintiff moved to dismiss the case on October 4, 2001. Judge Steger granted the motion to dismiss on October 9, 2001. No settlement agreement was filed with the court.

Carlyn Williams - 02/17/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Defendant-type
Elementary/Secondary School
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
General
Funding
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.
Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201
Defendant(s) Kilgore Independent School District
Plaintiff Description A mother on behalf of her minor daughter, a student at Kilgore Independent School District, and other similarly situated female students.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Moot
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2001
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)
6:00-cv-00721-WMS (E.D. Tex.) 10/09/2001
ED-TX-0004-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Original Complaint 12/08/2000
ED-TX-0004-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiff's First Amended Complaint 05/29/2001
ED-TX-0004-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Granting Agreed Motion to Dismiss 10/09/2001 (E.D. Tex.)
ED-TX-0004-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Steger, William Merritt (E.D. Tex.)
ED-TX-0004-0003 | ED-TX-0004-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Harrington, James C (Texas)
ED-TX-0004-0001 | ED-TX-0004-0002 | ED-TX-0004-0003 | ED-TX-0004-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Cook, Randall Jay (Texas)
ED-TX-0004-0003 | ED-TX-0004-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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