(Brookville, Ind.) – A decision could be rendered in the next three months regarding a Title IX lawsuit by former a Franklin County High School coach.
Amber Parker took legal action in 2009 on behalf of her two daughters against Franklin County High School, the Indiana High School Athletic Association, and all other member schools of the Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference including East Central, Lawrenceburg, South Dearborn, and Batesville high schools.
On June 21, the case will be decided by summary judgment. The procedure is used when the facts of a case are not disputed and a judge can make a ruling from past case law.
Title IX, a federal law passed in 1972, states, “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”
Parker argues in the suit filed in U.S. District Court for Southern Indiana that Franklin County and other schools had a disparity in scheduling boys and girls athletic events. The suit said her daughters played more games on weeknights than boys, whose games came more often on Friday and Saturday evenings. The schedule also put more stress on girls’ academic performance according to the brief.
Following the lawsuit filing, Parker’s position as girls basketball coach at Franklin County High School was not renewed by the Franklin County Community Schools Board of Trustees. Other teachers addressed the school board claiming the move was retaliation for the suit.