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New Pennsylvania State Law to Assist with Title IX Compliance in High School Sports

A a new state law mandating that every Pennsylvania public school takes note of the size, budget, and objective of each sports program has been passed. This new law goes hand- in-hand with Title IX, a federal law passed in 1972 that requires equal budgets for male and female sports in any federal institution that receives public funding.

Susan Frietsche, Women’s Law Project Attorney, said in an Essential Public Radio interview, “All it is a reporting bill, reporting information that is already publicly accessible through the Right-to-Know Act if you have the knowledge, the legal power, the time, and sometimes the money to file a Right-to-Know request and the related appeals.”

Pennsylvania’s new Equity in Interscholastic Athletics Disclosure Bill became a law on June 30. Pennsylvania Public schools’ first reports need to be submitted to the Department of Education by November 1, 2013.

Natalia Rudiak, the City Councilwoman believes that girls can develop beneficial qualities by participating in organized sports in high school. “Organized sports improves leadership skills. It opens doors for college scholarships. It actually benefits low-status, disadvantaged students the most, and it’s actually one of the few interventions that is shown to do that. Women who participate in sports do 10% better in math, science, English, and social studies classes.”

The Women’s Sports Foundation has dedicated close to four decades to ensure equal opportunities for girls and women in sports. The educational authority on Title IX, we have a plethora of resources to help you better understand Title IX and how it applies to you. More information on Title IX here.