A federal district court judge in Washington yesterday dismissed a lawsuit alleging that Title IX, the landmark law prohibiting sex discrimination in federally funded education, threatens collegiate male sports teams. US Judge Emmet Sullivan found that the lawsuit filed by the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) and four additional athletic groups failed to show harmful effects from Title IX, according to the Washington Post.
The plaintiffs contended that Title IX had caused cuts in male sports programs, particularly wrestling. However, the judge ruled that Title IX is not to blame for these cuts because schools make decisions based on a variety of factors, according to the National Women's Law Center. Attorney Lawrence Joseph, representing the NWCA, vowed that "[the fight] was far from over," according to the Post. The group plans to either seek reconsideration from the district court or appeal the decision to a higher court.
President Bush's Commission on Opportunity in Athletics released recommendations to weaken enforcement of Title IX in February to the Department of Education. Education Secretary Rod Paige is considering the commission's recommendations and will issue his suggestions for changing Title IX in the next few months, according to the Post. "We call on the Bush Administration to abandon its ill-advised attempts to roll back Title IX policies," said Marcia Greenberger, co-president of the National Women's Law Center, which submitted an amicus brief in the case. "As the court made abundantly clear today, these policies are still urgently needed to redress discrimination against female athletes and are not the cause of harm to men's teams."
7/27/2015 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Blocked Efforts to Defund Planned Parenthood - An attempt in the Senate to defund Planned Parenthood by Mike Lee (R-UT) was blocked this weekend by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). Lee tried to attach the elimination of federal funds for Planned Parenthood to a vote for highway legislation, a move which was rejected by McConnell as out of order.
Republican legislators have redoubled their efforts to block funding for Planned Parenthood since the release of two heavily edited clandestine videos of different PPFA employees taken without their knowledge. . . .
7/24/2015 Katherine Spillar Urges Cleveland to Dramatically Increase Hiring of Women Police to Mitigate Police Violence - In a well-received speech at the City Club of Cleveland today, Katherine Spillar, Executive Director of the Feminist Majority Foundation urged Cleveland city officials to dramatically increase the hiring of women police officers as a way to decrease police brutality incidents.
Following a number of high profile police killings in Cleveland of African Americans, and an eight-month investigation by the US Attorney's office of the Northern District of Ohio, the City of Cleveland has now entered into a Consent Decree that requires numerous reforms in how the city oversees and investigates police operations, including training in use of force.
"Among the most important reforms mandated by the consent decree - and the most easily overlooked - are the changes the Cleveland Division of Police must make in its recruitment and hiring practices,
said Spillar. . . .