Last week the U.S. Department of Education announced that the New York City Public Schools District has agreed to take steps to create more opportunities for girls to participate in sports. The agreement comes after a complaint filed in 2010 that alleged the school district was in violation of Title Nine, the civil rights legislation that aims to create equal opportunity for girls and boys in education. As Theresa Avila reports, a host of issues make that difficult in the city.
The authority figures I was supposed to respect were acting like high school-ers themselves. I felt like a kid on the playground being told to eat a worm or get beaten up. I was terrified. But there was no way I could give up my classmates.