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Case Name Craig v. Indep. Sch. Dist. No. 56 ED-OK-0009
Docket / Court 99-CV-00581 ( W.D. Okla. )
State/Territory Oklahoma
Case Type(s) Education
Case Summary
Parents, on behalf of their minor daughters, filed suit in the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma against Boone-Apache Public Schools on April 29, 1999. The plaintiffs sought class certification on behalf of all present and future female students who participate, seek ... read more >
Parents, on behalf of their minor daughters, filed suit in the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma against Boone-Apache Public Schools on April 29, 1999. The plaintiffs sought class certification on behalf of all present and future female students who participate, seek to participate, or have been denied the opportunity to participate in interscholastic or other school-sponsored athletics at Boone-Apache Public Schools. The plaintiffs alleged that the school district had violated the students' rights under the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment and Title IX of the Education Amendment by denying female students an equal opportunity to participate in interscholastic and other school sponsored athletics and have denied equal treatment and benefits that would accompany an equal opportunity to participate in such activities.

On February 10, 2000, the District Court (Judge Robin J. Cauthron) entered an order granting class certification. The parties filed a settlement agreement on June 1, 2000, which the District Court approved the agreement on June 2, 2000.

In the settlement agreement, the school district agreed to take measures to increase female participation in athletics and school-sponsors activities as well as designate a Title IX Compliance Officer who will be responsible for ensuring compliance with all requirements of Title IX.

The school district agreed to pay the plaintiffs' attorneys' fees and costs. The case was dismissed on June 11, 2001 after litigation regarding the amount of attorneys' fees and costs.

Carlyn Williams - 03/24/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Constitutional Clause
Equal Protection
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Hire
Recordkeeping
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.
42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Independent School District Number 56 of Caddo County
Plaintiff Description Parents on behalf of their minor daughters and all present and future female students of Boone-Apache Public Schools who participate, seek to participate, or denied from participating in interscholastic and other school-sponsored athletics at Boone-Apache Public Schools.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Attorneys fees
Declaratory Judgment
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2000 - n/a
Case Closing Year 2000
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)
5:99-CV-00581-C (W.D. Okla.) 06/11/2001
ED-OK-0009-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Enter Order 10/06/1999 (W.D. Okla.)
ED-OK-0009-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order for Class Action Certification 02/10/2000 (W.D. Okla.)
ED-OK-0009-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order and Judgment 06/02/2000 (W.D. Okla.)
ED-OK-0009-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judgment Awarding Attorneys' Fees 05/11/2011 (W.D. Okla.)
ED-OK-0009-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Cauthron, Robin J. (W.D. Okla.) [Magistrate]
ED-OK-0009-0002 | ED-OK-0009-0003 | ED-OK-0009-0004 | ED-OK-0009-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Schiller, Samuel (Tennessee)
ED-OK-0009-9000
Yasser, Raymond (Oklahoma)
ED-OK-0009-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Holmes, Laura L. (Oklahoma)
ED-OK-0009-9000
Mather, Stephanie J. (Oklahoma)
ED-OK-0009-9000
Melton, Timothy M. (Oklahoma)
ED-OK-0009-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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