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Education Department drops Bush-era policy on Title IX compliance

April 21, 2010

The U.S. Department of Education has withdrawn a controversial 2005 policy that allows colleges to comply with a key federal gender-equity law by using electronic surveys to gauge female students' interest in playing sports.

The reversal marks a victory for advocates of gender equity in sports who viewed the policy as a damaging loophole to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits sex discrimination at institutions that receive federal funds.

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