O'Malley suggests Title IX taskforce

  • Towson soccer players huddle after their final game. The program was a victim of budget cuts.
Towson soccer players huddle after their final game. The program… (Gene Sweeney Jr. / Baltimore…)
April 08, 2013|Erin Cox | The Baltimore Sun

Gov. Martin O'Malley suggested Towson University form a task force to study how better to deal with meeting Title IX rules on gender equity.

The governor, who proposed giving state money to save the university's baseball program, told a group of reporters Monday that all his questions about the decision to eliminate some men's sports had been answered.

But he suggested that perhaps the public would benefit from a task force.

"I think a lot of us have trouble with the idea that to create more sports opportunities for our daughters, we have have to eliminate opportunities for our sons," O'Malley said.

State lawmakers have voted to send $300,000 to the University System of Maryland that could be used as matching grants to help avoid cutting sports programs as colleges deal with Title IX. The legislature also voted to send $2 million over the next two years to the school to help build a women's softball field.

In March, Towson President Maravene S. Loeschke announced she would cut men's baseball and soccer programs because of budget cuts and in order to meet Title IX rules that call for equity in men and women's sports. 

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