Advocates and students have pushed the DOE and PSAL to address this issue for years, and two years ago formed the Fair Play coalition to bring attention to disparities. 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.
NYLPI’s lawsuit, filed in June 2018, alleges violations of the New York City Human Rights Law, and seeks to level the playing field and create equal access to high school sports for all students, regardless of race.
NYLPI’s Pro Bono co-counsel in the lawsuit are Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler LLP and Emery, Celli, Brinckerhoff & Abady.
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