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State College Area School District Sued Over Title IX Compliance

It’s back to court for a group of parents in the State College Area School District who have now filed an amended federal lawsuit over Title IX issues related to a school district’s hockey team for female students.

The amended lawsuit follows a judge’s ruling last December that the State College Area School District violated Title IX regulations, and ordered the district to include female players on a club hockey team that the school district is associated with.

But the allegations went back and forth, and in February, the judge ordered the two sides into mediation.

According to the parental group, the mediation has failed, and on Tuesday, they filed an amended federal suit against the school district with added accusations, including bullying and retaliation, and claiming that “to date the State College school district has not acknowledged deficiencies in its ice hockey program or made public any plans to accommodate the needs of its female athletes.”

The school district spokesman previously termed the issue a “complex matter with many moving parts.”

Earlier this year, the district hired a law firm to conduct a Title IX compliance review for all of the district’s sports and clubs, and the school board approved putting all club sports directly under their review.

In the lawsuit the parents have filed various claims of relief, seeking at least $100,000 in judgement.

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