Kentucky - About
About Title IX
This web site was created by me, Dick Richards, a
private citizen of Goshen, KY, and is a product of the process I went through
after seeing the discrimination my daughters experienced at their high school
(North Oldham High School). As I tried to get that discrimination
corrected I ran into a long list of obstacles from the school, the district,
the KHSAA, and even the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) of the federal department
For me, it all comes down to equal treatment. Girls
should receive the same benefits that the boys receive, period. Anything less than equality is discrimination. Not to get too philosophical here, but this
thing has its roots all the way back in Jefferson’s eternal beacon that “all
men are created equal.” Our government must treat every single citizen equally
before the law. For our government to
treat one group more favorably than another group is unconscionable. And you might not think of it this way, but
your public school system is
1. alike in
quantity, degree, value, etc.
Here are some other points.
- The general
problem you face when you have a gender equity problem at your son’s or
daughter’s school is this: someone in the school or district has done
something they believed was right and now you are telling them it was not
only not right, but significantly wrong.
Plus, the person who did
this, typically the principal or superintendent, is in a highly autonomous
position and rarely has his or her judgment questioned which is exactly
what you are doing. Don’t be surprised if he or she
immediately takes a defensive posture.
From your perspective, you might simply be raising what you believe
to be a legitimate concern; but they may feel it is a personal attack. Also
remember these administrators are constantly dealing with complaints, many
of which have little or no merit, such as a parent complaining about a low
grade their son or daughter received when the son or daughter was not
doing the work. So, your complaint
is likely to be lumped into the same category – lacking merit.
- I recommend
that you firmly, though politely, make it clear to the administration -
from the very first moment - that you will see this thing all the way
through. I think, to some degree,
my daughters’ school/district did not believe I would stick with this. They probably thought I would huff and
puff a little bit and then go away.
You need to make sure they understand, without turning it into a
threat, how serious and determined you are. But it is a very fine line between being
unmistakably resolved and being an aggravation.
- I should also
point out the very real probability of things getting a bit nasty. Some people will not like the pot to be
stirred and raising a gender equity issue is guaranteed to stir the pot.
If you would like some guidance from
someone who has been through this, I am willing. Contact me through email@example.com