Indianapolis Public Schools to boost girls sports

(WISH Photo/Eric Halvorson, file)
(WISH Photo/Eric Halvorson, file)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — One of Indiana’s largest school districts has agreed to provide more athletic opportunities for its female students under an agreement with the U.S. Department of Education.

The federal agency announced Wednesday that its Office of Civil Rights had found the Indianapolis Public Schools had violated Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. That law requires schools to accommodate the athletic interests of both male and female students.

The department says IPS high school enrollment during the 2010-11 school year was nearly 50 percent girls, but they made up only 35 percent of participants in athletic programs. It says the disparity suggests about 445 more girls should have been participating in sports.

IPS spokeswoman Le (lee) Boler says the cash-strapped district doesn’t know how much Title IX compliance will cost.

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