Following are news items that appeared in the Current Status section of the Title IX webpage.
March 2012: A Title IX retaliation lawsuit Bull v. Board of Trustees of Ball State University has been filed. The lawsuit was filed by Kathy Bull, the former head coach of Ball State University’s (BSU) women’s tennis team, a position she held for 21 years. She filed the suit under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 after BSU fired her midseason in 2009. Bull alleges that her firing was unlawful retaliation for her vocal advocacy for gender equity in the school’s athletics department.
March 2012: A consent decree was reached in Minnesota’s Anoka-Hennepin School District in a bullying and harassment case. Six plaintiffs filed lawsuits against the school district in the U.S. District Court for Minnesota, alleging severe peer-on-peer harassment and discrimination on the basis of sex and sexual orientation in violation of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and Minnesota human rights statutes. The consent decree puts in place a comprehensive plan to address gender discrimination, harassment, and bullying in the Anoka-Hennepin School District, the largest school district in Minnesota.
February 2012: There have been several recent controversies surrounding reproductive health issues. On March 1, a coalition of more than 50 women’s organizations under the banner of HERvotes mobilized women voters on Health and Economic Rights. HERvotes groups wants to ensure that women have access to quality health care; to protect the gains women have made in education, the workplace, health care, and basic individual rights; and to continue moving an equality agenda forward.