PORTLAND, Maine — Portland’s public schools and the U.S. Department of Education reached an agreement Thursday that will provide equal opportunities for the schools’ girls athletes to participate in sports as it does for its boys athletes.
The agreement occurred after an audit conducted two years ago discovered Title IX inequities in Portland and Deering High Schools’ athletic programs.
To address those inequities, Portland’s school district agreed to add a girls volleyball team for the 2014-15 school year for Deering and Portland. It will also guarantee that locker rooms, practice and competitive facilities for its girls teams are equal to those of its boys teams.
In the agreement, the school district also said it will evaluate more athletic opportunities for girls to fully meet their interests or that the number of girls competing on sports teams will be in proportion to the schools’ enrollments.
Title IX is a federal law enacted in 1972 that states that no person can be denied the benefits of a federally funded educational program or activity on the basis of their gender.