Yesterday, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee debated Iowa Senator Tom Harkins’ reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which included an amendment to add the High School Data Transparency Act to the ESEA. The amendment would require high schools to publicly report data on how many girls and boys are playing sports and how much money schools are spending on their teams – a condition that would significantly increase the ease with which Title IX is enforced in any U.S. school receiving federal funding.
The amendment passed by a vote of 13-9 this morning with bipartisan support – Senator Murkowski (R-AK) joined all of the HELP Committee Democrats in supporting this amendment that will help ensure that girls in high school get equal opportunities to play sports. Just last February, as a member of the 2013 National Girls and Women in Sports Day Coalition, we lobbied on Capitol Hill for support of this very bill with champion female athletes like Sarah Hughes, Grete Eliassen and Esther Lofgren. It’s a very satisfying feeling for all those involved with the High School Data Transparency Act to have made a move closer to actual legislation. A special thanks to all the athletes who have helped us with this huge effort over the years. What’s next? The larger ESEA Bill will now move to the House Committee for a vote.
The National Women’s Law Center offers complete resources on the High School Athletics Transparency Bills of 2013. Click here for more information on these important issues.