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Case Name Johnson v. Gadsden City Schools ED-AL-0002
Docket / Court 4:03-cv-02159-RBP ( N.D. Ala. )
State/Territory Alabama
Case Type(s) Education
Case Summary
On August 5, 2003, parents, as next friends of their three minor, student daughters, filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama under the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution, 42 U.S.C. § 1983, and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 197 ... read more >
On August 5, 2003, parents, as next friends of their three minor, student daughters, filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama under the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution, 42 U.S.C. § 1983, and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. §§ 1681 et seq. against Gadsden City School District and its superintendent. Plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, asked the court for declaratory and injunctive relief, claiming that Gadsden City Schools had violated Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972, 20 U.S.C. § 1681 by denying plaintiffs' daughters' an equal opportunity to participate in interscholastic and other school-sponsored athletics and the equal treatment and benefits that must necessarily accompany them.

Specifically, plaintiffs claimed that Gadsden City Schools discriminated against plaintiffs' daughters in the accommodation of student interests and abilities; the funding of athletics; access to equipment and supplies; the scheduling of games and practice times; travel; the assignment and compensation of coaches; and the provision of locker rooms and facilities for both practice and competition and training facilities and services.

On October 15, 2003, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama (Judge Robert B. Propst) dismissed with prejudice all claims against the superintendent. On May 7, 2004, the parties entered into a settlement agreement, settling all issues except the payment of attorneys' fees. On November 2, 2004, the Court dismissed with prejudice all claims in accordance with the parties' settlement agreement. On November 5, 2004, the parties entered into another settlement agreement settling the issue of attorneys' fees for $43,000.

The case was closed on November 2, 2004.

Heather Turner - 03/24/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Constitutional Clause
Equal Protection
Defendant-type
Elementary/Secondary School
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
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) Gadsden City School District
Plaintiff Description Parents as next friends of their three minor student daughters.
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Mixed
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Attorneys fees
Unknown
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Private Settlement Agreement
Case Closing Year 2004
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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http://www.bazelon.org
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By: The Bazelon Center (The Bazelon Center)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Blackman. v. District of Columbia
http://www.bazelon.org/blackman-v-district-of-columbia/
Date: 2017
By: The Bazelon Center (The Bazelon Center)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  S.S. v. Springfield Public Schools
http://www.bazelon.org/springfield-massachusetts-school-system/
Date: 2017
By: The Bazelon Center (The Bazelon Center)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Doe v. Pasadena Unified School District
http://www.bazelon.org/doe-v-pasadena-unified-school-district/
Date: 2017
By: The Bazelon Center (The Bazelon Center)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  A.J. v. Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools
http://www.bazelon.org/a-j-v-cesar-chavez-public-charter-schools-et-al/
Date: 2017
By: Bazelon Center (Bazelon Center)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Dear Colleague Letter: Athletic Activities Counted for Title IX Compliance
http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/index.html
Date: Sep. 17, 2008
By: United States Department of Education—Office of Civil Rights (U.S. Department of Justice)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
4:03-cv-02159 (N.D. Ala.)
ED-AL-0002-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 11/05/2004
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint [ECF# 1]
ED-AL-0002-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/05/2003
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Dismissal Order [ECF# 14] (N.D. Ala.)
ED-AL-0002-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/15/2003
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [ECF# 19] (N.D. Ala.)
ED-AL-0002-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 11/02/2004
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Settlement Agreemement [ECF# 20]
ED-AL-0002-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 11/05/2004
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Propst, Robert Bruce (N.D. Ala.)
ED-AL-0002-0002 | ED-AL-0002-0003 | ED-AL-0002-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Schiller, Samuel (Tennessee)
ED-AL-0002-0001 | ED-AL-0002-0004 | ED-AL-0002-9000
Yasser, Raymond (Oklahoma)
ED-AL-0002-0001 | ED-AL-0002-0004 | ED-AL-0002-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Knowles, Christie D (Alabama)
ED-AL-0002-9000
Sullivan, Joshua B. (Alabama)
ED-AL-0002-0004 | ED-AL-0002-9000

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