NYLPI Files Discrimination Lawsuit Against New York City Department of Education and Public Schools Athletic League Calling for Equal Access to School SportsJune 21, 2018
The suit charges that the Department of Education (DOE) and Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL) have engaged in racial discrimination by denying Black and Latino students equal opportunity to play high school sports.
On average, Black and Latino students have access to far fewer teams and sports, and the city spends much less per student than for students of other races. Thousands of Black and Latino New York City public high school students attend schools that offer no team sports whatsoever, and Black and Latino students are twice as likely as students of other races to attend schools without sports teams.
The lawsuit, filed pursuant to the New York City Human Rights Law, seeks to level the playing field and create equal access to high school sports for all students, regardless of race. Advocates and students have pushed the DOE and PSAL to address this issue for years, and in 2016 formed the Fair Play coalition to bring attention to disparities. Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler LLP and Emery, Celli, Brinckerhoff & Abady have joined as co-counsel.
Read the complaint here, and accompanying exhibits here: High Schools with Higher Proportions of Black and Latino Students Tend to Have Fewer PSAL Sports, Black and Latino Students Tend to Have Access to Fewer PSAL Teams Versus Other Students, and Black and Latino Students Have Less Access to Nearly Every PSAL Sport Versus Other Students.
Hear coverage of the students discussing the case on WNYC here.
Here’s what you can do right now for justice in New York…
Stay up to date
Get updates on our cases and campaigns, and join us in taking action for justice…