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Title IX and High Schools

Over at U.S. News and World Report, I have a new article looking at the effort to expand the worst parts of Title IX compliance to the high-school level. The vast majority of the unintended consequences and dark side of Title IX (i.e. schools’ cutting teams to reach arbitrary levels of gender equality) stem from an overreliance on the proportional standard developed in 1979 (i.e. the gender ratio of varsity athletes at a school must mirror the gender ratio of the overall student body). Unfortunately, it is that aspect of Title IX that many wish to expand to the high-school level. As I mention in the article, such an strategy has the potential to sideline over a million athletic opportunities for boys. There are also serious legal concerns with applying proportionality to high schools, as outlined by the folks at the Pacific Legal Foundation.


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