[Federal Register: January 8, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 5)]
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Secretary of Education's Commission on Opportunity in Athletics; 

AGENCY: Secretary of Education's Commission on Opportunity in 
Athletics; Department of Education.

ACTION: Notice of open meeting.


SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a 
forthcoming public meeting of the Secretary of Education's Commission 
on Opportunity in Athletics (the Commission). The meeting will take 
place in Washington, DC.
    Individuals who will need accommodations for a disability in order 
to attend the meetings should notify the Commission office no later 
than January 22, 2003. We will attempt to meet requests after this 
date, but cannot guarantee availability of the requested accommodation. 
The meeting site is accessible to individuals with disabilities.
    Notice of this meeting is required under Section 10(a)(2) of the 
Federal Advisory Committee Act.

DATES: January 29-30, 2003.
    Location: Hilton Washington and Towers Hotel, 1919 Connecticut 
Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20009.
    Times: January 29: 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 2 p.m.-5 p.m. January 30: 9 
a.m.-1 p.m.
    Meeting Format: This meeting will be held according to the 
following schedule:
    1. Date: January 29, 2003, Time: 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 2 p.m.-5 p.m. 
January 30, 2003, Time: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
    Attendees: If you would like to attend any or all of the above 
listed meetings, we ask that you register with the Commission office by 
email or fax to the address listed under ADDRESSES. Please provide us 
with your name contact information.
    Participants: The meeting scheduled for January 29-30, 2003 will 
consist of review and discussion by the Commissioners of the 
information from the previous public meetings in preparation for the 
Commission's forthcoming report to the Secretary of Education. The 
public is invited to observe this meeting; however there will not be 
opportunity for public comment.
    In addition to making reservations, individuals attending the 
public meetings, for security purposes, must be prepared to show photo 
identification in order to enter the meeting location.

    1. Internet. We encourage you to send your questions through the 
Internet to the following address: OpportunityinAthletics@ed.gov
    2. Mail. You may submit your comments to The Secretary of 
Education's Commission on Opportunity in Athletics, 400 Maryland 
Avenue, SW., ROB-3 Room 3060, Washington, DC 20202. Due to delays in 
mail delivery caused by heightened security, please allow adequate time 
for the mail to be received.
    3. Facsimile. You may submit comments by facsimile at (202) 260-
    View the Commission's Web site at: http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/leaving.cgi?from=leavingFR.html&log=linklog&to=http://www.ed.gov/inits/commissionsboards/athletics.
 The Commission office number is 202-708-

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The nation is commemorating the 30th 
anniversary of the passage of Title IX, the landmark legislation 
prohibiting recipients of Federal funds from discriminating on the 
basis of sex. Since this legislation was enacted, there has been a 
dramatic increase in the number of women participating in athletics at 
the high school and college level. The Secretary of Education has 
determined that this anniversary provides an appropriate time to review 
the application of Title IX to educational institutions; efforts to 
provide equal opportunity in athletics to women and men. In order to do 
so, the Secretary established the Commission on Opportunity in 
Athletics. The Commission will produce a report no later than February 
28, 2003, outlining its findings relative to the opportunities for men 
and women in athletics in order to improve the effectiveness of Title 
    The Commission will discuss the following priority areas:
    1. Are Title IX standards for assessing equal opportunity in 
athletics working to promote opportunities for male and female 
    2. Is there adequate Title IX guidance that enables colleges and 
school districts to know what is expected of them and to plan for an 
athletic program that effectively meets the needs and interests of 
their students?
    3. Is further guidance or are other steps needed at the junior and 
senior high school levels where the availability or absence of 
opportunities will critically affect the prospective interests and 
abilities of student athletes when they reach college age?
    4. How should activities such as cheerleading or bowling factor 
into the analysis of equitable opportunities?
    5. How do revenue producing and large-roster teams affect the 
provision of equal athletic opportunities? The Department has heard 
from some parties that whereas some men athletes will ``walk-on'' to 
intercollegiate teams--without athletic financial aid and without 
having been recruited--women rarely do this. Is this accurate and, if 
so, what are its implications for Title IX analysis?
    6. In what ways do opportunities in other sports venues, such as 
the Olympics, professional leagues, and community recreation programs, 
interact with the obligations of colleges and school districts to 
provide equal athletic opportunity? What are the implications for Title 
    7. Apart from Title IX enforcement, are there other efforts to 
promote athletic opportunities for male and female students that the 
Department might support, such as public-private partnerships to 
support the efforts of schools and colleges in this area?

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    Dated: January 6, 2003.
Rod Paige,
Secretary of Education.
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