On August 10, 1999, parents, on behalf of their minor daughters, filed suit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma against Independent School District No. 32 of Mayes County, alleging that the school district had violated Title IX of the Education Amendment, 20 U. ...
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On August 10, 1999, parents, on behalf of their minor daughters, filed suit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma against Independent School District No. 32 of Mayes County, alleging that the school district had violated Title IX of the Education Amendment, 20 U.S.C. § 1681, and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment through disparate treatment of female students with respect to providing an equal opportunity to participate in interscholastic and other school-sponsored athletics. The plaintiffs sought class certification on behalf of all present and future female students enrolled at Chouteau Public Schools who participate, seek to participate, or are deterred from participating in interscholastic and/or other school-sponsored athletics at Chouteau Public Schools.
Specifically, the plaintiffs alleged that the school district violated the female students' rights by knowingly and intentionally offering sports and levels of competition in a manner which discriminates against female students. Additionally, the complaint alleged that the defendants had discriminated against female students with respect to equipment and supplies provided, scheduling of games and practice times, travel, the opportunity to receive qualified coaching, the assignment and compensation of coaches, provision of locker rooms and facilities for both practice and competition and publicity. The plaintiffs sought a declaratory judgment that the defendants had violated the students' rights and an injunction requiring the defendants to cease their discriminatory practices and remedy the effects of such practices and discriminatory conduct.
The District Court (Judge Michael Burrage) certified the class in an order dated October 28, 1999. On November 2, 1999, the District Court (Magistrate Judge Claire V. Eagan) set a settlement conference for March 13, 2000. The parties entered a joint stipulation of dismissal on May 25, 2000, and Judge Burrage approved a settlement agreement on June 27, 2000.
In the agreement the school district agreed to take affirmative steps to increase female student participate in athletics. They agreed to conduct a survey to determine interest in women's volleyball and soccer at the high school level, and volleyball, soccer and fast and slow pitch softball at the middle school level, and to add those sports for which there was interest. The school district also agreed to establish a system for accounting for revenues and expenditures for male and female sports. The district also agreed to schedule basketball games on a gender-neutral basis and to treat female students equivalent to male with respect to travel, food, lodging and other similar privileges.
The District Court (Judge Burrage) dismissed the case on July 17, 2000. Carlyn Williams - 03/17/2014