Five Things Parents Should Know
- Every district is required to employ a Title IX coordinator for athletic and education compliance. Request the name and contact information for this person who will assist you in determining your child’s equity rights as well as answer any questions regarding Title IX compliance in your district.
- Should you require more assistance in determining athletic equity in your district, contact the OK Conference Commissioner Dave Feenstra (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Kent Intermediate Assistant Superintendent Ron Koehler (616-365-2292).
If you feel like you need additional assistance, contact the Communities for Equity, by e-mail email@example.com, or P.O. Box 663, Ada, Michigan 49301, or the Office of Civil Rights, Region V, for more information (312-886-2359). Additional information on Title IX and athletic equity can be obtained from The Women’s Sports Foundation, (800) 227-3988 and the National Women’s Law Center, (202) 588-5180.
- Parents and the public are welcome to view all athletic records in their public school. Title IX Annual Compliance Reports are filed with the Kent ISD every year and are available upon request. Every three years your district is required to have all students complete a Student Interest Survey used to determine the interest level for current and future sports offerings. Every five years, a complete audit of your district’s athletic program is completed and available for distribution and review.
- Athletic expenditures by a public school that accepts federal funding have to be made in compliance with Title IX and, therefore, have to be equitable between boys and girls. This means it’s the district’s responsibility to distribute all booster club funds, monetary gifts, donations of material gifts and services in keeping with an equitable athletic program for both genders under Title IX law. Review your school’s athletic expenditures to ensure your child is receiving his or her fair share of the athletic funding.
- In addition to required equitable participation opportunities for girls and boys, equitable benefits and treatment are also required. This is not “equal;” it is “equitable,” meaning that there may have to be 18 girls’ sports offerings if 12 boys’ sports offerings include disproportionately large teams. Review the proportionality requirement of Title IX, as provided by your athletic director or Title IX coordinator, and determine if your district has met that criteria. If you feel your athletic department does not answer your questions satisfactorily, seek assistance from your Title IX Coordinator and the resources listed above.