Fewer sports opportunities for DCPS girls


(Sources: National Women’s Law Center/Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights Data Collection/The Washington Post)

On the playing fields of the D.C. Public Schools, it appears, equality is fleeting. The Post’s Brigid Schulte, Emma Brown and Roman Stubbs report on stark findings from the National Women’s Law Center: “At each of 15 traditional public high schools in the District, girls who want to play sports have fewer opportunities to play than boys and often have lower-quality facilities, fields, uniforms, lockers and coaching. The disparity in traditional District high schools between the percentage of girls enrolled in school and the girls who participate in sports is not only larger than that of any other public school district in the Washington region, it is wider than many other similar urban districts like Detroit and Boston, federal data show. And the steep gaps in some District schools like Roosevelt, Ballou and Phelps are far higher than those in a number of schools that the U.S. Education Department has investigated recently for civil rights violations.” Add those D.C. schools to the list: The NWLC on Thursday filed a formal complaint with the Education Department’s civil rights office alleging violations of Title IX.

In other news:

Tommy Wells proposes nixing FEMS shift change proposal (WaTimesWJLA-TVAP)

Wells says he will “absolutely” replace Kenneth Ellerbe if elected mayor (WRC-TV)

Cause of Frager’s fire appears to be a cigarette butt tossed in a plastic bucket (Post)

Park Police can’t keep track of its guns, IG finds (Post)

Hey, another lottery contract! (DofDAP)

Michigan congressman’s bright idea: Ban traffic cameras in D.C. (PostLoose LipsDCistWaTimesFree PressDetroit News)

Meet Brendan Sullivan, the prosecution’s worst nightmare (Loose Lips)

The elected attorney general should not interfere with mayoral prerogative (Post editorial)

Overblown Human Rights Watch report will generate modest reform legislation (GuardianWaTimes)

Taxpayer bailout for Chartered providers (WBJ)

Howard Town Center project falls apart again (Housing ComplexCapital BusinessWBJ)

IMP, operators of 9:30 Club, will take over the Lincoln Theatre (GOGDCist)

Airports Authority could get permanent inspector general (Dr. Gridlock)

Ron Moten respectfully confronts Irv Nathan at forum (Loose Lips)

Cop tried to get badly injured biker to sign ticket that he didn’t deserve (GGW)

Where the new revenue went in the final cut of the 2014 budget (DCFPI)

Fillmore Arts Center funding was restored (DCist)

Health insurer’s move to lower rates has exchange officials dancing a jig (WBJ)

Neighborhods balk at demolition of 14th Street building that once hosted sex club (Borderstan)

National Park Service would like to know of you have a problem with the proposed Red Line crash memorial near Fort Totten (Dr. Gridlock)

Sniper Lee Malvo would like to get out of jail someday (Post)

Noodle-slinging chef and wife arrested in bizarre domestic dispute with second couple (WashingtonianDCist)

Three armed robberies in five minutes? That’s efficiency! (Post)

More fake Ballou band members grifting door-to-door (WJLA-TV)

Frager’s is making keys again (Capitol Hill Corner)

The “Indian chief” who loves the Redskins isn’t a chief, may not be an Indian (Deadspin)

Where the (legal) fireworks stands are (DCist)

Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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