IPS found in violation of Title IX

IPS, DOE reach agreement to remedy issue

INDIANAPOLIS - A federal government investigation found Indianapolis Public Schools has violated Title IX by not providing equal athletic opportunities for female students.

IPS and the U.S. Department of Education announced an agreement Wednesday to work on fixing the district's Title IX issues.

The investigation by the DOE's Office for Civil Rights found that while student makeup is about 50 percent male and 50 percent female, the makeup of the district's athletic participation is about 65 percent male to 35 percent female.

"Gender equality is all about opportunities. We want schools to offer those opportunities so that we can have every girl and boy that wants to participate in sports that has the chance to do that. We want them to have that opportunity," Indiana High School Athletic Association Assistant Commissioner Chris Kaufman said.

According to a news release from the DOE, IPS "failed to provide girls an equal opportunity to participate in high school interscholastic athletics, both through failure to provide actual sports opportunities to girls and through failure to provide equal access to practice and competitive facilities, locker rooms, equipment and supplies, and scheduling of games and practice times."

IPS has agreed to assess its athletics programs to determine if there are unmet interests and abilities for female students.

IPS will also improve uniform and facility benefits for girls' athletics.

Read DOE/IPSĀ correspondence: Resolution letter | Agreement

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