Posted: 2:18 pm Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

FHSAA reaches settlement on lawsuit over proposed schedule reductions 

By Post Staff

A settlement has been reached between the Florida High School Athletic Association and the Jacksonville-based parent group, which sued the organization for violating Title IX with its schedule reduction policy. Policy 6 reduced all varsity sports schedules by 20 percent and sub-varsity by 40 percent.

The exceptions were varsity football and competitive cheer, which were not reduced. When the parent group threatened a lawsuit, the FHSAA overturned the policy but the group did not drop the suit.

The settlement says that the FHSAA must comply with all state and federal nondiscrimination laws and policies and that the association (its members and employees) cannot retaliate against the plaintiffs or plaintiffs’ children. It also states that if any changes are proposed to Policy 6, the FHSAA must give the parent group’s attorney, Nancy Hogshead-Makar, two weeks written notice.

All members of the Association’s Representative Assembly must go through training about their “obligations under Title IX and other gender equity laws.”

The FHSAA was also ordered to pat the parent group’s legal fees of $41,200 within 14 days.