Equity Examined

May 4, 2018

In Voorheesville, N.Y., community members discussed gender equity at Clayton A Bouton High School. According to The Altamont Enterprise, the forum was held after people raised concerns about girls not having as many opportunities for boys. The school has 13 sports for boys and eight for girls.

“We do know we have an equity issue,” Brian Hunt, Superintendent, said. "The question is: How do we close that gap? How do we bridge that gap without taking away from something that we are already doing for our girls and our boys?”

Hunt said his district is in compliance with Title IX, because it “has a history and continuing practice of expanding participation opportunities responsive to the developing interests and abilities of the underrepresented sex,” but he wants to go beyond merely meeting the requirements.

“I want to equalize opportunities and make it easier and better for our kids to participate, and that’s for our female athletes and our male athletes as well,” Hunt said.

Some people who attended the forum suggested that the district should ensure that the girls' sports have as much access to resources and funding as the boys' sports do, instead of adding additional girls' sports. Ronald Champion, who coaches junior varsity softball, said his team has not received any equipment for three years, and his request for a $25 batting tee was denied due to a lack of funds.

Other attendees expressed dissatisfaction with the number of sports available. One female student-athlete said that she must choose between three of the sports she wants to play in the fall, but none are available in the spring and winter.

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