“Today marks the 44th anniversary of Title IX, the act which ended sex discrimination in federally funded school sports, performing ensembles, and extra curriculars. As we celebrate more and more young women learning critical leadership and teamwork skills, we can see how far we’ve come.
“Thanks to the vision of U.S. Reps. Edith Green and Patsy Mink, and the dedication of Bernice Sandler, we have a law that requires equality in all school activities including travel funding, practice space, training services, classes, publicity, and housing.
“While we celebrate the nearly 3 million girls on fields and courts across the country, it’s time to expand inclusivity and ensure that no child is denied access to team sports here at home. This session, House Republicans refused to extend the $800,000 sales tax exemption for the Minnesota High School League, an exemption that helps low income student athletes participate in sports, because the League voted to allow all students, regardless of gender, to participate on a sports team. Every Minnesotan deserves to be treated with dignity and respect at all ages, including high school athletes.
“It’s time to stop letting bigotry and discrimination trump the will of the people and continue the tradition of equality for our students that started 44 years ago. I look forward to seeing collaboration in the House to get this done for our kids.”