Lawsuit: Beaverton discriminates against girl athletes

Suit alleges girl athletes treated unfairly compared to boys

Beaverton students on the athletic field, JUne 3, 2016 (KOIN)
Beaverton students on the athletic field, JUne 3, 2016 (KOIN)

BEAVERTON, Ore. (KOIN) — In a scathing lawsuit, the Beaverton School District is coming under fire amid allegations that girl athletes are being treated unfairly compared to the boys.

The 23-page lawsuit filed in US District Court claims girls pay more in fees for their sports, receive less practice time and have an unfavorable practice schedule.

Beaverton School District spokesperson Maureen Wheeler, June 3, 2016 (KOIN)
Beaverton School District spokesperson Maureen Wheeler, June 3, 2016 (KOIN)

Maureen Wheeler, the spokesperson for the Beaverton schools, said she couldn’t comment on pending litigation and the district has not been formally served the suit.

But she did say, “In any concern that’s raised, you know, people can make statements. We have to get to the veracity of these statements and do the research to find what is the truth.”

The district has done a Title IX audit, she said. “If more work needs to be done in that area, we will address any deficiencies.”

The lawsuit claims the district refuses to provide equal opportunity for female athletes. Wheeler, though, said, “We care very much about equity and it’s one of our 4 pillars in the district.”

When the Beaverton School District is formally served, they will go through each claim.

“There’s a very prescriptive process of how we work with our legal council to go through the complaint,” she said.

What is Title IX?

Anne Bryan, the chair of the Beaverton school board, told KOIN 6 News they have received briefings on Title IX

“What we have seen is a willingness to make changes as needed and swift on district staff members in order to make changes, if they are required,” Bryan said.

A similar Title IX lawsuit was filed against the Lake Oswego district. That case is scheduled to have a settlement conference in federal court in 2 weeks.

Beaverton High School, June 3, 2016 (KOIN)
Beaverton High School, June 3, 2016 (KOIN)

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