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NRHS Reported to Be In Violation of Title IX On Softball

There is no softball field at the high school and the current field at the middle school does not have rest rooms or locker rooms.

The North Reading Citizens for Equality group reported that not having a softball field at North Reading High School is in violation of Title IX requirements, according to an article on Boston.com.

Jennifer Casoli delivered the presentation for the North Reading Citizens for Equality at Monday's School Committee meeting, the article stated. Given that there is a varsity baseball field and smaller practice field at the high school, the baseball players are able to use locker rooms and bathrooms. The softball players have to practice at the Little School, without bathrooms or locker rooms. They are also responsible for their own transportation to the school. All of which is direct violation of Title IX, the federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education, the article said.

That is not all. Practice time, conditions of the field, and outside resources are also violations of Title IX. For example, the baseball team practices right after school, but the softball team has to wait until Little School students are dismissed for their practice to start. 

During the winter and bad weather, the baseball field is covered, it has an irrigation system and more. The softball field is not privileged to any of those things and when the team asked to work on the field themselves, they were not allowed, the article stated.

The new middle/high school will include a softball field, however, in September the School Committee recommended that the SSBC look at building a practice baseball field instead of a softball field, according to the article.

The School Committee agreed to review this information at their latest meeting, the article said.

Rob January 18, 2013 at 10:37 AM
The headline makes it sound like a formal charge. It is really just an accusation.
sportfan January 18, 2013 at 02:47 PM
Ideally it would be the best case to have both at the high school. But is it really a Violation? I am no expert, but I thought title IX made sure there were equal amounts of opportunity for girls and boys athletes. Not identical. If there is boys hockey team it doesn't mean there must be girls hockey or its a violation. No boys volleyball so there cannot be girls volleyball? There should be the same number or total programs for both sexes, as even as possible. Everything doesn't have to match exactly, that in my opinion, that would be an extreme view.
Readingite January 18, 2013 at 07:45 PM
Responsible for their own transportation? It's a pretty short walk last a remember from going there.
Tom Magner January 21, 2013 at 10:44 PM
The softball field is at the Little Elementary School, about 3 miles away.
Jim Pothier January 22, 2013 at 12:01 AM
"The softball players have to practice at the Little School, without bathrooms or locker rooms. They are also responsible for their own transportation to the school." Why can't they use the facilities at the Little School? There is no hockey rink at the high school, so both boys and girls teams have to drive to various facilities in the North Shore for practices and games. Sounds like a weak case to me.
Tom Magner January 22, 2013 at 02:29 PM
The lack of an ice rink affects the girls and boys equally, while the baseball/softball field situation clearly benefits one gender over the other. THAT is the distinction. If the boys were also playing at a nearby elementary school, with no bathroom or locker facilities and no running water, then this would not be an issue.

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