Group sues over Title IX high school enforcement

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- A group of coaches, parents and others is suing the Education Department over how it determines whether high schools are complying with the federal law that bans sex discrimination in schools.

The 1972 law, Title IX, has helped open more academic and sports opportunities for women.

At issue is one way the government determines whether a school is complying: whether the number of male and female athletes at a school is in proportion to their enrollment.

The American Sports Council says that way of checking compliance will lead to quotas and the elimination of boys' sports teams. The group wants a court order to stop the department from using the test.

Education Department spokesman Jim Bradshaw says it's a "valuable tool" for ensuring a level playing field for all students.