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Case Name Reavis v. Cherokee Sch. Dist. 35 ED-OK-0013
Docket / Court 99-cv-00581 ( E.D. Okla. )
State/Territory Oklahoma
Case Type(s) Education
Case Summary
Parents, on behalf of and as next of friends of their minor daughters, filed suit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma on October 29, 1999, against Independent School District Number 35 of Cherokee County, also known as Tahlequah Public Schools, alleging that the ... read more >
Parents, on behalf of and as next of friends of their minor daughters, filed suit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma on October 29, 1999, against Independent School District Number 35 of Cherokee County, also known as Tahlequah Public Schools, alleging that the school district had violated the female students' rights under Title IX of the Education Amendment and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

The plaintiffs sought class certification on behalf of all present and future female students enrolled at Tahlequah Public Schools who participate, seek to participate, or are deterred from participating in interscholastic and other school-sponsored athletics at Tahlequah Public Schools. The District Court (Magistrate Judge James H. Payne) granted class certification on March 9, 2000.

The parties held a settlement conference on May 5, 2000. After extensive negotiations, on March 5, 2001, Judge Payne approved the settlement agreement entered by the parties.

The District Court (Judge Hayes) awarded attorneys' fees and costs to the plaintiffs totaling $31,100. The case was dismissed on July 27, 2009.

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
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 35 of Cherokee County
Plaintiff Description Parents, on behalf of minor daughters, and all female students at Tahlequah Public Schools who participate, seek to participate, or have been denied the opportunity to participate in interscholastic athletics.
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 2001 - n/a
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)
6:99-CV-00581-JHP (E.D. Okla.) 07/27/2009
ED-OK-0013-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
No documents currently in the collection
Judges Payne, James H. (W.D. Okla., E.D. Okla., N.D. Okla.) [Magistrate]
ED-OK-0013-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Schiller, Samuel (Tennessee)
ED-OK-0013-9000
Yasser, Raymond (Oklahoma)
ED-OK-0013-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Huggins, Randall D. (Oklahoma)
ED-OK-0013-9000
Long, Karen Lea (Oklahoma)
ED-OK-0013-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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