Hip Hip Hooray, Black And Latinx NYC High School Students Win Expanded Sports Access In Landmark Class Action Settlement – Harlem World Magazine – DC Initiative on Racial Equity
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A state court yesterday approved a landmark class action settlement that will expand access to after-school sports for tens of thousands of Black and Latinx New York City public high school students.

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Also, it ensures that all students have equal access and opportunity to play the sports that they love. New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI), with co-counsel Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler (Patterson) and Emery, Celli, Brinckerhoff, Abady, Ward & Maazel, reached the final settlement with the New York City Department of Education (DOE) and Public School Athletic League (PSAL) in a class-action race discrimination lawsuit to end policies that systematically denied Black and Latinx students access to the same athletic opportunities as students of other races and ethnicities.

“I am proud of the tireless nights spent by the team of lawyers, our student plaintiffs and everyone who supported our Sports Equity work. It is crazy to think this journey started four years ago, and now we have a settlement in place that expands sports access to Black and Latinx students throughout New York City. But we can’t stop now. We need to keep working for the next generation,” said Matt Diaz, IntegrateNYC Board Member (a group plaintiff in the case) and former New York City public high school student.

The settlement creates Shared Access Programs which will permit smaller, predominantly Black and Latinx schools located near one another to play together under one sports program, allowing students to access far more sports.

Through surveys conducted by PSAL pursuant to the settlement, New York City students will also have a voice in shaping the athletic programs avail

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