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State decision prompts girls' exit from SH forestry


March 11, 2020

FORESTRY "JILLS" Hailey Nunes, left, and Sam Mitchell work on their cable splicing skills during practice last week.

High school girls are either leaving the competitive forestry team or hanging in there a little longer to see whether the Oregon Department of Education will reverse its decision to combine boys and girls into a single team during competitive events.

The ODE's decision hinges on what the state considers the events to be. Forestry competition events are not considered a sport nor competitive but rather "career development events," which must not be segregated, based on Title IX of the The 1972 Education Amendments.

A lawyer representing the Sweet Home School District has argued that except...

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