Thursday, June 18, 2009

Equity group gaining steam on Facebook

Florida Parents for Athletic Equity, which was formed in response to the Florida High School Athletic Association's reducing its prep sports schedules, is drawing some interest to its Facebook pages.
A combined 99 Facebook members have signed on as fans to the FPAE, created after the FHSAA's board of directors voted to cut varsity schedules by 20 percent and subvarsity schedules by 40 percent in April. Football and cheerleading were excluded.
On Tuesday, six parents of female student-athletes attending FHSAA member schools filed a lawsuit against the FHSAA, alleging the cuts violated Title IX and discriminated against female student-athletes.
Since the suit was filed, one of the group's Facebook pages acquired 36 new members.
Visitors to the site can read the first letter FPAE sent to the FHSAA on June 3, as well as an email exchange between group representative Nancy Hogshead-Makar and FHSAA executive director Roger Dearing.
Also included is a link to the full 34-page complaint filed Tuesday in Jacksonville.
The pages can be found at or

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