Gender-specific Aid

Readers write

April 07, 1991

From: Kauko H. Kokkonen


When Anne Arundel Community College's scholarship director Barry Weinberg was asked by reporter Jay Apperson (Anne Arundel County Sun,March 14, 1991) whether the school's displaced-homemaker scholarshipwas gender-specific, Weinberg reportedly replied that it was not. However, when the headline, "College aid for women," appeared in the Evening Sun Dec. 26, 1990, it stated, "A displaced homemaker was identified as a woman . . ." and gave an Annapolis address to obtain more information. This raises the question who is issuing what, particularly since the story said that "the fund is to be matched dollar-for-dollar by the state."

When Congress overrode Grove City Community College vs. Bell, 465 U.S.555 (1984), known as the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987, it ordered institution-wide termination of federal funds for single-act sexual discrimination. Therefore, the Maryland Attorney General has been asked to suspend state participation until the Office for Civil Rights completes its investigation. Otherwise, thestate of Maryland could lose its federal funds also.

Even though Title IX exempts about 100 sexually segregated colleges, including Hood College and College of Notre Dame of Maryland, U.S. Attorney General Richard Thornburgh has launched a legal action against single-sex Virginia Military Institute. Because Maryland Court of Appeals ruled in the Burning Tree case (which initially was launched by the Maryland Attorney General) that it was an "intrinsic contradiction" to exclude existing discriminatory practices if the "primary purpose" of the law was to prevent sexual discrimination, Title IX may also lose its single-sex exemption.

More importantly, Michael Williams, who issued the ruling that Title IX prohibits recipient of federal funding "from providing gender-specific financial aid" (Letter, March 7, 1991,Office for Civil Rights) is also quoted in the Washington Times, March 21, 1991.

(Williams) says: "You have to be careful when you have enforcement officers licking their fingers and sticking them up in the air to see which way the wind is blowing."

In the same newspaper, Education Secretary Lamar Alexander is quoted as saying that "more than $17 billion this year" is provided for people who need money to go to college. Congress passes the budget. Similarly, General Assembly in Annapolis provides money for education. It's about time Anne Arundel Community College obeyed the spirit and the letter of the law.

Editor's note: The writer is a Baltimore-area "men's rights" advocate.


From: Laura Green Treffer


Republican State Central Committee of Anne Arundel County

The Republican State Central Committee of Anne Arundel County would like to thank each of the 12 applicants who applied for the vacancy inLegislative District 30 caused by the untimely loss of Dr. Aris T. Allen. We were very impressed with the caliber, experience and diversity of these 12 individuals.

Congratulations to Phil Bissett, who was ultimately chosen at the completion of our application process. Weare pleased that the community has rallied behind Phil.

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