NY Daily News: NYC kids’ sports access disparities persist, new Education Dept. data showsJanuary 14, 2020
The median number of teams available to a black or Hispanic high-schooler last year was 15, while the median for a white student was 24, and 26 for an Asian student, according to a Daily News analysis of data released in response to a City Council law mandating more information on sports teams.
In 2018, NYLPI sued the school system in a class action on behalf of students denied fair opportunities to sports. The Daily News quoted NYLPI Senior Attorney Melissa Iachan, lead attorney on the case:
“The disparities we indicated in our complaint still persist and exist,” Melissa Iachan, one of the lawyers involved in the class action suit, said of the new data.
“Participation reflects students who are playing at least one PSAL sport – that could be sport of their choice or it could be the only choice available to them,” Iachan said.
“Access means having a higher number of sports, and hopefully because there’s a higher number, they get the sport of their choice,” she added.
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