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District anwers question about discrimination against girls
ERIC CORNELISON
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PALMER - The U.S. Department of Education has informed the Palmer Independent School District they are reviewing a complaint alleging the district violated Title IX.

This title has a provision which relates to the federal law of equivalent athletic opportunity for members of both sexes.

The Office for Civil Rights in Dallas will be handling the complaint.

A complaint was made by an unidentified individual alleging the district discriminates against girls who participate in the athletics programs at the high school and junior high.

According to the complaint the district violated the provision of equipment and supplies at the high school, the provision of locker rooms, practice and competitive facilities at the high school and the opportunity to receive coaching and assignment and compensation of coaches at the middle school.

The district was officially notified of the complaint on July 5 and was provided a list of question which needed to be answered plus provide any documentation for the district's athletics programs which included the number of student participants, staff and budget and must response to the list by Aug. 17.

Superintendent Alan Oakley said they were currently gathering information for the inquiry.

According to the letter received, the Office for Civil Rights will contact the district once it reviews the list sent to them.

An investigator may contact them and request additional information, a possible visit and even interview certain personnel.

If the district was found to be noncompliant, the Office of Civil Rights will most likely give the district a certain amount of time to comply with the violations found.

Oakley stated the school trustees will be updated during an executive session at the next board meeting.

This was not the first time an Ellis County School district has received a complaint under Title IV, both Midlothian and Venus ISD's have received similar complaints in the past.

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