'Title IX Isn't Broken; Doesn't Need to be Fixed'
Contact: Brendan Daly/Jennifer Crider
D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi issued the following
statement this afternoon after the U.S. Department of Education
released a letter sent to schools across the country stating that
the Department will not make changes to Title IX, the landmark civil
rights law that prohibits education and athletic programs that receive
federal funding from discriminating on the basis of gender:
"I am pleased that, after a lengthy review, the Bush Administration
has decided not to alter Title IX, which has been taking down the
'No Girls Allowed' signs from our school locker rooms, shop classes,
and career counseling centers for more than 30 years.
announcement by the Administration reflects what schools, universities,
athletes and Democrats have been saying for months: Title IX isnt
broken, and it doesnt need to be fixed.
of wasting time examining laws that work, I urge the Administration
to find ways to strengthen Title IX and to fulfill its promise by
making sure that all students have an equal playing field, not only
for athletics but for all educational opportunities."