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My Story

Roderick Jackson was a physical education teacher and the girls' basketball coach at Ensley High School in Birmingham, Alabama. After investigating the level of support for the boys' basketball program, in 2000 he began to complain that the girls' program was receiving unequal funding and did not have the same access to facilities and equipment. Eventually, he received negative evaluations about his coaching and was removed from those duties; however, he continued to be employed as a teacher. Jackson then filed suit, claiming that the board retaliated against him for voicing his complaints under Title IX, which states that no person…shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. After a federal district court dismissed his complaint, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed, ruling that “Title IX does not provide a private right of action for retaliation.”

 
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