Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Hearing set for FPAE

A day after the Florida High School Athletic Association scheduled an emergency board meeting, a gender equity group was given its day to be heard.
---- Florida Parents for Athletic Equity, which is seeking a temporary injunction that would prevent the association from enacting its decision to pare down the prep sports schedules, had its hearing scheduled for July 17 by a federal court in Jacksonville, according to the St. Petersburg Times.
---- The group alleges that the FHSAA’s board of directors violated Title IX and were biased against female student-athletes when they decided in April to reduce varsity schedules by 20 percent and subvarsity schedules by 40 percent and excluded football.
---- Cheerleading schedules also went untouched, but since more than 36,000 boys in the state play football and just 4,000 girls, the group felt that decision lacked equity.
---- Last week, the six parents of female-student athletes filed a lawsuit against the FHSAA, and lawyers representing the plaintiffs filed the injunction as well as a temporary restraining order Friday.

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