July 29, 2002
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|Contact: Dan Langan
I want to welcome you all here this morning, and start off by thanking you in advance for all the hard work you're going to put in on this Commission. You will be under the able guidance of your co-chairsCynthia Cooper and Ted Leland.
Cynthia is the Chief Executive Office of ProHaven, Inc.a sports marketing company. We all remember her as a former head coach of the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and before that, as one of the brightest stars of the WNBA.
Ted is Athletic Director at Stanford University. Under his leadership, Stanford has won 42 national team championships, including 20 women's titles. He was named the 2000-2001 National Association of Collegiate Directors of Atheletics.
I am confident that both Cynthia and Ted will do an outstanding job.
Title IX is one of the most important civil rights laws in our nation's history. For the past 30 years, it has opened many doors of opportunity for women and girls to compete, to achieve, and to pursue their dreams.
You are here because you are on the front lines every day and you know the special challenges of Title IX.
President Bush put it best when he said: "Tremendous advances have been made in the fight for equality. But we must remain diligent in enforcing our nation's laws. And we still have work to do in this area."
Indeed we do. When we say we want no child left behind, we mean it. Our goal is to bring out the best efforts of all our young people in our nation's schoolsfrom kindergarten through college.
Title IX says: "No person in the United States 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."
This Administration is committed to those words. We celebrate not only the success but also the spirit of Title IX that says, 'Open to all.'
You mission is to gather the facts, listen to what the American people have to say, and find out how we're doing.
In our commitment to fairness for all, have we have gone far enough? Have we gone too far? How can we can do a better job of enforcing a law that represents hope to so many Americans?
Again, I thank you for your willingness to serve.
I know you share my commitment and the President's commitment to expanding opportunities for all young Americansgirls and boys, women and menin the classroom and on the playing field.
And now, I want to ask Deputy Secretary Bill Hansen to come up here and say a few words.