Readers of On Your Case know my love for Title IX, the federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education, including school sports. I love Title IX in part because I grew up in the barren years before its passage, and therefore never really developed my inner jock, and in part because I see the benefits Title IX has conveyed upon my sporty daughter, who played three sports in high school.
The federal government, wielding Title IX, found that New York City public schools (where both my kids were educated) weren’t giving girls an equal chance to play. In response, the city, while denying that it broke the law, agreed to survey girls in middle and high school to see if they wanted more teams, then add some.
A telling stat: the U.S. Department of Education said New York City would need to add 3,862 places on teams for girls to have fair access.