The Education Code requires that schools annually post data by gender on student sports participation. But a study conducted by “Fair Play for Girls in Sports (A project of Legal Aid at Work)” analyzed 108 randomly selected California high schools and found that less than half, just 51 of the 108, had posted any data at all.
The study also found that the lack of compliance with the Education Code does not appear to correlate with the racial or socioeconomic composition of the community a school serves. In addition, as of July 2017, the name and contact information of the Title 9 coordinator must also be posted in a prominent and conspicuous location on the school or district’s website and information included on how to file a complaint under Title 9.
Title 9 posting – What is required
SB 1349, Education code 221.9, schools must report and post each year:
- The total enrollment of the school, classified by gender.
- The total number of male and female students participating in competitive athletics.
- The number of boys’ and girls’ teams, classified by sport and by competition level (frosh, junior varsity, varsity).
Schools shall post in a prominent and conspicuous location on their websites all of the following:
- The name and contact information of the Title 9 coordinator, including the Title 9 coordinator’s phone number and email address.
- The rights of a pupil and the public and the responsibilities of the public school, private school, school district, county office of education, or charter school under Title 9, which shall include, but shall not be limited to, web links to information about those rights and responsibilities located on the websites of the department’s Office for Equal Opportunity and the United States Department of Education Office of Civil Rights, and the list of rights specified in Section 221.8.
The posted information must include a description of how to file a complaint under Title 9, which shall include all of the following:
- An explanation of the statute of limitations within which a complaint must be filed after an alleged incident of discrimination has occurred, and how a complaint may be filed beyond the statute of limitations.
- An explanation of how the complaint will be investigated and how the complainant may further pursue the complaint, including, but not limited to, web links to this information on the United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights’ website.
- A web link to the United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights complaints form, and the contact information for the office, which shall include the phone number and email address for the office.
Each year the California Interscholastic Federation requests athletic and activity participation data from nearly 1,600 California high schools. Completing this task plays a vital step in a school/districts mandated Education Code reporting and posting requirements.
The CIF online reporting system allows schools to compile and submit their data to the CIF in a simple process. Upon conclusion of the census, the CIF posts submitted data on its website and school/districts should do the same as required by the Education Code. Schools upon completion and submission to the CIF will receive a copy they can post. This information collected far exceeds the mandates for schools and districts and will help promote transparency of school and district extracurricular programs to the public.
Questions to consider
- Has our district Title 9 coordinator attended in-service and training in Title 9? Often Title 9 coordinators are in HR and may not be well versed or understand Title 9 as it goes well beyond athletics; hazing, sexual harassment, etc.
- Who in the district oversees athletic programs?
- Have our school athletic directors attended in-service and training in Title 9?
- Are our schools collecting and posting the mandated information?
More information is available on the CIF website at http://cifstate.org/governance/equity/index.
This article was written by CIF Executive Director Roger Blake.