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Case Name Martin v. Sperry Public Schools ED-OK-0014
Docket / Court 98-CV-00416 ( N.D. Okla. )
State/Territory Oklahoma
Case Type(s) Education
Case Summary
Parents, on behalf of and as next of friends of their minor daughters, students at Sperry Public Schools, filed suit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma on June 12, 1998, alleging that the school district had violated the female students' rights under the Equal ... read more >
Parents, on behalf of and as next of friends of their minor daughters, students at Sperry Public Schools, filed suit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma on June 12, 1998, alleging that the school district had violated the female students' rights under the Equal Protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment and Title IX of the Education Amendment. The plaintiffs sought class certification on behalf of all present and future female students of Sperry Public Schools who participate, seek to participate, or are deterred from participating in interscholastic and other school-sponsored activities at Sperry Public Schools. The plaintiffs alleged that the school district had discriminated against female students with respect to funding and opportunities that should accompany an equal right to participate in interscholastic activities.

Judge Sven Erik Holmes certified the class on December 21, 1998. On January 6, 2000, the parties filed a settlement agreement with the court, in which the school district agreed to take affirmative steps to increase female student participation in sports. The district agreed to offer middle school softball during the current school year, and to conduct a survey of interest in girls' volleyball and/or soccer. Furthermore, the district agreed to conduct the survey every three years to gauge female students' interest in the addition of new sports. The district also agreed to establish a system of revenue and accounting for expenditures for male and female sports, and to make the report of such spending available to a requesting party. Additionally, the district agreed to take steps to remedy the discrimination, including adopting training related to gender equity, select coaches for male and female teams using the same criteria, provide off-season training and equipment to female athletes commensurate with that offered to male athletes, open the weight room to both male and female students and make appropriate accommodations for female students, institute a reporting process for suspected violations of Title IX. The school district agreed to designate certain locker rooms for female student use, including splitting the use of the football locker rooms between the male football team in the fall and female teams in the spring, until a new facility for female athletes was constructed.

On March 20, 2000, Judge Holmes awarded attorneys' fees to the plaintiffs totaling $32,873.01. The case was dismissed on November 27, 2000.

Carlyn Williams - 04/14/2014


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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
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
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 #8 of Tulsa County
Plaintiff Description Parents, on behalf of and as next of friends of their minor daughters, students at Sperry 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
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)
4:98-cv-00416-seh (N.D. Okla.) 11/27/2000
ED-OK-0014-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Settlement Agreement 01/06/2000
ED-OK-0014-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order 03/20/2000 (N.D. Okla.)
ED-OK-0014-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judgment 04/11/2000 (N.D. Okla.)
ED-OK-0014-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Addendum to Settlement Agreement 09/18/2000 (N.D. Okla.)
ED-OK-0014-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Holmes, Sven Erik (N.D. Okla.)
ED-OK-0014-0001 | ED-OK-0014-0002 | ED-OK-0014-0003 | ED-OK-0014-0004 | ED-OK-0014-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Schiller, Samuel (Tennessee)
ED-OK-0014-0001 | ED-OK-0014-0003 | ED-OK-0014-0004 | ED-OK-0014-9000
Yasser, Raymond (Oklahoma)
ED-OK-0014-0001 | ED-OK-0014-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Long, Karen Lea (Oklahoma)
ED-OK-0014-0001 | ED-OK-0014-0003 | ED-OK-0014-0004 | ED-OK-0014-9000
Mann, J Douglas (Oklahoma)
ED-OK-0014-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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