Lawyer: Girls hoops schedule decree sets precedent

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An attorney says a federal consent decree in which 10 southeastern Indiana high schools agree to schedule girls and boys basketball games equally on Friday and Saturday nights sets a legal precedent for the entire state.

The consent decree between Franklin County Community School Corp., former girls basketball coach Amber Parker and nine of its opponent schools calls for girls and boys games to be scheduled equally by the 2016-17 school year with interim steps until then.

Attorney William Groth says the decree approved in federal court in Indianapolis Monday applies only to the 10 schools but sets legal precedent across the entire 7th U.S. Circuit because the federal appeals court ruled equal scheduling for men and women is required under Title IX of the Higher Education Act.

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