Monday, June 22, 2009

FHSAA schedules board meeting

The Florida High School Athletic Association’s board of directors have scheduled an emergency meeting.
---- Greg Zornes, the board’s president, called for the meeting, which will take place 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 15. The meeting’s agenda centers around reconsidering the reduction of prep sports schedules, a measure the board approved during a April meeting.
---- A gender equity group called Florida Parents for Athletic Equity filed a lawsuit last week against the FHSAA, alleging the cuts, which called for a 20 percent reduction of varsity sports and 40 percent of subvarsity sports for all sports excluding football and cheerleading, violated Title IX and were based against female student-athletes.
---- Monday, the group filed for a temporary injunction against the FHSAA. Nancy Hogshead-Makar, a representative for the group, said a conference call has been scheduled for Tuesday to set a date for the injunction.
---- “Although the overriding reason for the reduction was to ease the financial burdens on the schools in Florida,” FHSAA executive director Roger Dearing said in a statement, “it would not help to turn around and have them pay money in legal feels for actions in litigation.”

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