Only Women Pay
San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District gets slapped with a Title IX suit.
Mullins said she and Salmon became disenchanted with the district after their oldest daughter joined the school's dance team and cheerleading squad. Male athletes' needs were fully paid for, she said, but dancers and cheerleaders had to pay tryout fees and buy their own uniforms and supplies. San Marcos students earn half a physical education credit for cheerleading, said TCRP lawyer Andrea Gunn, making it a legitimate athletic program. "In the Kilgore suit, that was the theory we used," she said. "Cheerleading isn't restricted to women, but traditionally it is mostly women."
For the 2000-01 school year, Mullins' two daughters decided to try swimming. Shortly thereafter, the district cut the program, which had more females than males.
Although Mullins doesn't have specific budget info on the men's programs (the TCRP plans to obtain it, Gunn said), she said, "I do think pretty much without a doubt the football boys are probably getting more than anyone." When she confronted San Marcos High Principal Julio Toro about exploring a Title IX suit, "He told me that football made more money and therefore they could spend more money on football." As the lawsuit points out, Title IX mandates equal funding for men's and women's programs, regardless of whether one produces more revenue than the other.