Families Settle Title IX Suit Against High School

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Families involved in a Title IX suit filed against a Nebraska high school over disparities between boys and girls sports have settled with the school district.

Bennington families representing female athletes sued Bennington High School over unequal treatment between male and female athletes.

Three families filed the suit with plenty of support from other families in the district. The three families have maintained that the suit was never about money.

“Most importantly, I hope there’s accountability with this,” Resident Jeremy Dick said Monday night at the Bennington School Board meeting, according to the Omaha NBC affiliate.

While Dick wasn’t a part of the lawsuit, he agreed with the language in the lawsuit, which accuses the school district of discriminating against female athletes in several areas including funding, equipment, facilities, and scheduling.

A unanimous vote by the school board Monday night to settle the suit means it will go to the courts for approval and immediately green light several facility upgrades and changes to the athletic programs at Bennington.

“We are always looking at equitable opportunities for male and females, but this brought to light some of those things that may have been overlooked,” Terry Haack, Bennington superintendent, told NBC. “The district is very fortunate to have the wherewithal to make sure those things are in place for our athletes down the road.

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