Deal to provide equal opportunity for girls sports to cost Portland, Maine schools $400,000

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The agreement also calls for “substantial upgrades” to Payson Park.

The agreement was announced Friday — more than three years after problems with the distict’s booster clubs were first identified by critics and an independent study by the district’s law firm, then recently confirmed by the U.S. Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights.

The Office for Civil Rights noted that the district was not in compliance with Title IX, a federal mandate that requires equal athletic opportunities for girls. The agreement calls for the district to expand athletic opportunities and facilities for eighth-grade and high-school girls, including a volleyball program, equal compensation for coaches, improvements to locker rooms and upgrades to Payson Park, according to an executive summary presented last month to the school board.

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