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Case Name Love v. Indep. Sch Dist. I-008 ED-OK-0016
Docket / Court 97-cv-00843 ( W.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 Western District of Oklahoma on May 21, 1997, against Independent School District #8 of Texas County, also known as Guymon Public Schools, alleging that the school district ... 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 Western District of Oklahoma on May 21, 1997, against Independent School District #8 of Texas County, also known as Guymon Public Schools, alleging 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 of 1972. The plaintiffs sought class certification on behalf of all present and future female students of Guymon schools who participate, seek to participate, or are deterred from participating in interscholastic athletics and other school sponsored activities. Judge Ralph G. Thompson granted class certification on December 8, 1997.

In a settlement agreement approved on September 20, 1999, the school district agreed to take affirmative steps to increase female student participation in athletics. Specifically, the district agreed to announce its support of female athletics, notify students of the timing and location of try-outs, conduct a survey to gauge interest in new sports not already offered, introduce intramural sports when sufficient interest exists but there is not the opportunity for interscholastic competition, add fast pitch softball at the middle school level, establish new teams to accommodate the athletic ability of female athletes that are cut from their respective teams, and schedule extracurricular activities to avoid conflicts so as to allow students to participate in more than one activity. The district also agreed to establish a system of accounting for equitable expenditures for male and female sports, and to make such report available upon request. The district also agreed to provide basic equipment and supplies to both male and female teams on an equitable basis, provide female athletes with uniforms comparable to those of the male athletes, schedule practices and competitions at favorable times to both male and female athletes, treat both genders equally with respect to expenditures for travel, meals and lodging, select coaches for male and female teams using the same criteria, and provide comparable practice and training facilities to both male and female teams. Finally, the district agreed to add equipment suitable for female athletes to the weight rooms and to promote and publicize female teams in a comparable manner as male teams. The district agreed to pay the plaintiffs' attorneys' fees.

The case was dismissed on September 21, 1999.

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
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 #8 of Texas County
Plaintiff Description Parents, on behalf of and as next of friends of their minor daughters
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 1999 - n/a
Case Closing Year 1999
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)
5:97-cv-00843-T (W.D. Okla.) 09/21/1999
ED-OK-0016-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Settlement Agreement 09/20/1999
ED-OK-0016-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Thompson, Ralph Gordon (D.D.C., W.D. Okla.)
ED-OK-0016-0001 | ED-OK-0016-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Schiller, Samuel (Tennessee)
ED-OK-0016-0001 | ED-OK-0016-9000
Yasser, Raymond (Oklahoma)
ED-OK-0016-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Wolfe, Thomas G. (Oklahoma)
ED-OK-0016-9000
Zschiesche, Raymond E. (Oklahoma)
ED-OK-0016-0001 | ED-OK-0016-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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