Pittsburgh Public Schools received the results of a comprehensive Title IX audit at Wednesday's Board of Education Committee Meeting.
The Audit looked at nine city high schools and found these major areas of concern: athletic equipment and supplies, scheduling games and practice times, the selection of coaches, access to locker rooms, access to practice and competitive facilities, medical and training facilities and services and publicity.
Moderate disparities were found in almost all categories at almost all of the schools. The school district will now form a task force to address these concerns.
Title IX, the Education Amendment of 1972 prohibits schools that get federal funding from discriminating on the basis of gender and requires equal opportunities for all students in all fields including sports.
Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Mark Roosevelt said the recommendations from the audit will be taken seriously. He also said student athletes know that if you work hard you get stronger and more skilled - but coaches and teachers need to learn how to translate that work ethic into academics.