HONOLULU - An update on the federal lawsuit the ACLU filed against the state Department of Education on December 6, 2018. It's a class action lawsuit that alleges Title IX violations. That's the federal law that requires boys and girls to have equal opportunities in sports, for any institution that accepts federal money.

The DOE answered the lawsuit just over three weeks ago, on January 18. The DOE has consistently said it cannot comment on pending litigation, but KITV4 obtained a copy of the DOE's response.

In short, the DOE denied most of the claims. "That kind of blanket denial is incredibly rare. Typically, parties will admit or deny each paragraph, in paragraph-by-paragraph fashion. The DOE denied a lot of paragraphs that stated undisputable facts," responded Kit Grant, ACLU Deputy Director. Magistrate Judge Trader set a trial date before Judge Kobayashi for Feb 24, 2020.

The Oahu Interscholastic Association, which coordinates public school sports, filed a motion to dismiss because, OIA says, it does not receive direct federal funding. That case is up for a hearing on April 5 before Judge Kobayashi.

The ACLU says it's disappointed with the response.