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White House requires school athletics for disabled

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Says changes are necessary to level the playing field

In a sweeping move that will affect all American schools, the Obama administration has told districts they must offer students with disabilities the same sports opportunities as other children.

Schools now must include disabled students in existing athletic programs or provide them with equal alternatives. The directive is a huge victory for disability-rights advocates and it immediately drew praise from many in the education sector. But others fear that the new requirements will blow up school district budgets at a time when few have money to spare.

The federal government argues the new rule is necessary to level the playing field for all U.S. children.

“Sports can provide invaluable lessons in discipline, selflessness, passion and courage, and this guidance will help schools ensure that students with disabilities have an equal opportunity to benefit from the life lessons they can learn on the playing field or on the court,” Education Secretary Arne Duncan said in a statement.

The move comes just after the 40th anniversary of Title IX, the landmark law that required schools and colleges to offer equal athletic opportunities to women. Unlike Title IX, however, the Education Department’s latest “guidance” to school districts isn’t technically a new law. Rather, it’s a new interpretation of the existing Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which prevents discrimination against disabled students.

While the new guidance does not require disabled students be allowed entry into any sports program they choose, it does require schools to make adjustments to how they run their athletic teams. For example, school track teams must use a “visual cue” alongside a starter pistol so children with hearing impairments can run and not be at a disadvantage.

The guidance likely will lead to more schools offering wheelchair basketball or similar programs to disabled students.

“It’s going to open up a whole new door of opportunity to our nation’s school children with disabilities,” said Bev Vaughn, executive director of the nonprofit American Association of Adapted Sports Programs.

The National Education Association, the nation’s largest teachers union, also applauded the move.

“All students have the human and civil right to a quality public education with equal access that develops their potential, independence and character,” the labor group said in a statement.

The guidance has its roots in a 2010 study by the Government Accountability Office that found students with disabilities participate in sports at much lower rates. Supporters of the Education Department’s new policy acknowledge that fixing that gap will be difficult.

“Is it easy? No,” said Brad Hedrick, director of disability services at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Hall of Famer in the National Wheelchair Basketball Association. “But it is feasible and possible that a meaningful and viable programming can be created.”

The Education Department has given no firm timetable for when districts must comply with the guidance. It’s also unclear whether federal funding will be provided to states and schools, or whether they’ll be required to fund additional programs or modify existing ones on their own dime.

Critics believe that the idea, while noble, may amount to yet another unfunded federal mandate.

“This is a worthy area for discussion and policymaking, but the [government] needs to tread lightly here because of the potentially complicated and expensive ways this guidance could be interpreted,” said Michael J. Petrilli, executive vice president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a conservative think tank.

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by on Jan. 25, 2013 at 7:23 AM
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Aslen
by Silver Member on Jan. 26, 2013 at 8:52 AM
1 mom liked this


Nope but you hate the black half more. Just as much as you overtly hate Muslims and Hispanics


Quoting candlegal:

Yeah, that's what it is, ROFL

You keep forgetting I don't like his white half either.

Quoting Aslen:

Yup. She's so overtly racist it's not even funny; it's sad


Quoting lga1965:

 Thats for sure. (the Highlighted last sentence...)

Quoting Momniscient:

Perhaps a compromise then. I too agree that sports can be a huge distraction--particularly boys football and basketball. However team sports and personal athletics are an awesome tool in education.

I wonder what a good compromise would be. Also I read in the article that this is not a new mandate. Simply a reinterpretation. The OP just looks for shit to try to make that brown guy in office look bad.

Quoting Bigmetalchicken:

Around here, the sports programs bring a great deal of money into the school.  Also, the sports programs are the only reason many of the students even bother trying in school, because they know if they do not pass, they do not play. It is not always black and white.

Quoting timeforprogress:

I think personally our obsession with school sports is a huge distraction from what school is actually for.  In our schools, the children who are eager to learn are overshadowed by the children who are athletic. 

I think sports should be something handled by communities and should be completely removed from public schools.  I just think the money could be better spent on math and science education.  Let parks and rec host athletics, and let schools be a place for education. 

Quoting radioheid:

 Sports offer education in a very important part of human culture the world over, which is why virtually every high school in America, public and private, has an athletics program. I personally feel that at least one year's participation in a team sport should be required for high school graduation as part of each school's phys ed program. The lessons learned playing sports are invaluable, and cannot be learned in a classroom.

My only concern with the mandate is the lack of funding, and how very unrealistic this would be in a rural school that has just one or two handicapped kids in the entire student body.

Quoting talia-mom:

Then the school and the parents and the children fundraises for those without the money.    This is pointless to spend tens and tens thousands of dollars a year on activities that may help 1 in 1000 kids get a scholarship when teachers don't have enough supplies.


Quoting radioheid:

 Only the rich would be able to participate. The cost of shoes, under armor, practice balls and other gear not supplied by schools is already a barrier for many poor kids in school athletics. I had to buy my niece's soccer gear this past year, or she wouldn't have been able to play because her mother couldn't afford it. Just shoes, shin guards, a practice ball and water bottle set me back nearly a hundred bucks. Soccer is my niece's greatest shot at a college scholarship, so it is very important.

Quoting talia-mom:

Doesn't matter.  Tax the rich.

personally, I think parents should have to pay for all of athletics.


Quoting radioheid:

 I'm trying to be a realist here---where is the money going to come from? Many schools are already cutting their art and music programs to save money in budget crunches. What will they take away next to accomodate this mandate?



 



 




 






candlegal
by Judy on Jan. 26, 2013 at 9:07 AM

of course you would think that

Quoting Aslen:


Nope but you hate the black half more. Just as much as you overtly hate Muslims and Hispanics


Quoting candlegal:

Yeah, that's what it is, ROFL

You keep forgetting I don't like his white half either.

Quoting Aslen:

Yup. She's so overtly racist it's not even funny; it's sad


Quoting lga1965:

 Thats for sure. (the Highlighted last sentence...)

Quoting Momniscient:

Perhaps a compromise then. I too agree that sports can be a huge distraction--particularly boys football and basketball. However team sports and personal athletics are an awesome tool in education.

I wonder what a good compromise would be. Also I read in the article that this is not a new mandate. Simply a reinterpretation. The OP just looks for shit to try to make that brown guy in office look bad.

Quoting Bigmetalchicken:

Around here, the sports programs bring a great deal of money into the school.  Also, the sports programs are the only reason many of the students even bother trying in school, because they know if they do not pass, they do not play. It is not always black and white.

Quoting timeforprogress:

I think personally our obsession with school sports is a huge distraction from what school is actually for.  In our schools, the children who are eager to learn are overshadowed by the children who are athletic. 

I think sports should be something handled by communities and should be completely removed from public schools.  I just think the money could be better spent on math and science education.  Let parks and rec host athletics, and let schools be a place for education. 

Quoting radioheid:

 Sports offer education in a very important part of human culture the world over, which is why virtually every high school in America, public and private, has an athletics program. I personally feel that at least one year's participation in a team sport should be required for high school graduation as part of each school's phys ed program. The lessons learned playing sports are invaluable, and cannot be learned in a classroom.

My only concern with the mandate is the lack of funding, and how very unrealistic this would be in a rural school that has just one or two handicapped kids in the entire student body.

Quoting talia-mom:

Then the school and the parents and the children fundraises for those without the money.    This is pointless to spend tens and tens thousands of dollars a year on activities that may help 1 in 1000 kids get a scholarship when teachers don't have enough supplies.


Quoting radioheid:

 Only the rich would be able to participate. The cost of shoes, under armor, practice balls and other gear not supplied by schools is already a barrier for many poor kids in school athletics. I had to buy my niece's soccer gear this past year, or she wouldn't have been able to play because her mother couldn't afford it. Just shoes, shin guards, a practice ball and water bottle set me back nearly a hundred bucks. Soccer is my niece's greatest shot at a college scholarship, so it is very important.

Quoting talia-mom:

Doesn't matter.  Tax the rich.

personally, I think parents should have to pay for all of athletics.


Quoting radioheid:

 I'm trying to be a realist here---where is the money going to come from? Many schools are already cutting their art and music programs to save money in budget crunches. What will they take away next to accomodate this mandate?



 



 




 







Aslen
by Silver Member on Jan. 26, 2013 at 9:16 AM
1 mom liked this
It's true and your posts prove it


Quoting candlegal:

of course you would think that

Quoting Aslen:


Nope but you hate the black half more. Just as much as you overtly hate Muslims and Hispanics



Quoting candlegal:

Yeah, that's what it is, ROFL

You keep forgetting I don't like his white half either.

Quoting Aslen:

Yup. She's so overtly racist it's not even funny; it's sad



Quoting lga1965:

 Thats for sure. (the Highlighted last sentence...)


Quoting Momniscient:


Perhaps a compromise then. I too agree that sports can be a huge distraction--particularly boys football and basketball. However team sports and personal athletics are an awesome tool in education.


I wonder what a good compromise would be. Also I read in the article that this is not a new mandate. Simply a reinterpretation. The OP just looks for shit to try to make that brown guy in office look bad.


Quoting Bigmetalchicken:


Around here, the sports programs bring a great deal of money into the school.  Also, the sports programs are the only reason many of the students even bother trying in school, because they know if they do not pass, they do not play. It is not always black and white.


Quoting timeforprogress:


I think personally our obsession with school sports is a huge distraction from what school is actually for.  In our schools, the children who are eager to learn are overshadowed by the children who are athletic. 


I think sports should be something handled by communities and should be completely removed from public schools.  I just think the money could be better spent on math and science education.  Let parks and rec host athletics, and let schools be a place for education. 


Quoting radioheid:


 Sports offer education in a very important part of human culture the world over, which is why virtually every high school in America, public and private, has an athletics program. I personally feel that at least one year's participation in a team sport should be required for high school graduation as part of each school's phys ed program. The lessons learned playing sports are invaluable, and cannot be learned in a classroom.


My only concern with the mandate is the lack of funding, and how very unrealistic this would be in a rural school that has just one or two handicapped kids in the entire student body.


Quoting talia-mom:


Then the school and the parents and the children fundraises for those without the money.    This is pointless to spend tens and tens thousands of dollars a year on activities that may help 1 in 1000 kids get a scholarship when teachers don't have enough supplies.




Quoting radioheid:


 Only the rich would be able to participate. The cost of shoes, under armor, practice balls and other gear not supplied by schools is already a barrier for many poor kids in school athletics. I had to buy my niece's soccer gear this past year, or she wouldn't have been able to play because her mother couldn't afford it. Just shoes, shin guards, a practice ball and water bottle set me back nearly a hundred bucks. Soccer is my niece's greatest shot at a college scholarship, so it is very important.


Quoting talia-mom:


Doesn't matter.  Tax the rich.


personally, I think parents should have to pay for all of athletics.




Quoting radioheid:


 I'm trying to be a realist here---where is the money going to come from? Many schools are already cutting their art and music programs to save money in budget crunches. What will they take away next to accomodate this mandate?






 






 








 










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candlegal
by Judy on Jan. 26, 2013 at 9:17 AM

LOL, alrighty then

Quoting Aslen:

It's true and your posts prove it


Quoting candlegal:

of course you would think that

Quoting Aslen:


Nope but you hate the black half more. Just as much as you overtly hate Muslims and Hispanics



Quoting candlegal:

Yeah, that's what it is, ROFL

You keep forgetting I don't like his white half either.

Quoting Aslen:

Yup. She's so overtly racist it's not even funny; it's sad



Quoting lga1965:

 Thats for sure. (the Highlighted last sentence...)


Quoting Momniscient:


Perhaps a compromise then. I too agree that sports can be a huge distraction--particularly boys football and basketball. However team sports and personal athletics are an awesome tool in education.


I wonder what a good compromise would be. Also I read in the article that this is not a new mandate. Simply a reinterpretation. The OP just looks for shit to try to make that brown guy in office look bad.


Quoting Bigmetalchicken:


Around here, the sports programs bring a great deal of money into the school.  Also, the sports programs are the only reason many of the students even bother trying in school, because they know if they do not pass, they do not play. It is not always black and white.


Quoting timeforprogress:


I think personally our obsession with school sports is a huge distraction from what school is actually for.  In our schools, the children who are eager to learn are overshadowed by the children who are athletic. 


I think sports should be something handled by communities and should be completely removed from public schools.  I just think the money could be better spent on math and science education.  Let parks and rec host athletics, and let schools be a place for education. 


Quoting radioheid:


 Sports offer education in a very important part of human culture the world over, which is why virtually every high school in America, public and private, has an athletics program. I personally feel that at least one year's participation in a team sport should be required for high school graduation as part of each school's phys ed program. The lessons learned playing sports are invaluable, and cannot be learned in a classroom.


My only concern with the mandate is the lack of funding, and how very unrealistic this would be in a rural school that has just one or two handicapped kids in the entire student body.


Quoting talia-mom:


Then the school and the parents and the children fundraises for those without the money.    This is pointless to spend tens and tens thousands of dollars a year on activities that may help 1 in 1000 kids get a scholarship when teachers don't have enough supplies.




Quoting radioheid:


 Only the rich would be able to participate. The cost of shoes, under armor, practice balls and other gear not supplied by schools is already a barrier for many poor kids in school athletics. I had to buy my niece's soccer gear this past year, or she wouldn't have been able to play because her mother couldn't afford it. Just shoes, shin guards, a practice ball and water bottle set me back nearly a hundred bucks. Soccer is my niece's greatest shot at a college scholarship, so it is very important.


Quoting talia-mom:


Doesn't matter.  Tax the rich.


personally, I think parents should have to pay for all of athletics.




Quoting radioheid:


 I'm trying to be a realist here---where is the money going to come from? Many schools are already cutting their art and music programs to save money in budget crunches. What will they take away next to accomodate this mandate?






 






 








 











Aslen
by Silver Member on Jan. 26, 2013 at 10:17 AM
Im not the only one that sees it either. People like you are what's wrong with the Conservative movement. You're so batshit crazy it makes all conservatives look batshit crazy.
The republican party is too rich, too white, and too out of touch to have an electable candidate, and the head of the RNCC said that on election night! Instead of spewing such absolute hate toward what the american people wanted, why work with your party to find someone who is actually electable?
Because, like the rest of your party, you cant take responsibility, you can only throw blame and temper tantrums


Quoting candlegal:

LOL, alrighty then

Quoting Aslen:

It's true and your posts prove it





Quoting candlegal:

of course you would think that

Quoting Aslen:


Nope but you hate the black half more. Just as much as you overtly hate Muslims and Hispanics




Quoting candlegal:

Yeah, that's what it is, ROFL

You keep forgetting I don't like his white half either.

Quoting Aslen:

Yup. She's so overtly racist it's not even funny; it's sad




Quoting lga1965:

 Thats for sure. (the Highlighted last sentence...)



Quoting Momniscient:



Perhaps a compromise then. I too agree that sports can be a huge distraction--particularly boys football and basketball. However team sports and personal athletics are an awesome tool in education.



I wonder what a good compromise would be. Also I read in the article that this is not a new mandate. Simply a reinterpretation. The OP just looks for shit to try to make that brown guy in office look bad.



Quoting Bigmetalchicken:



Around here, the sports programs bring a great deal of money into the school.  Also, the sports programs are the only reason many of the students even bother trying in school, because they know if they do not pass, they do not play. It is not always black and white.



Quoting timeforprogress:



I think personally our obsession with school sports is a huge distraction from what school is actually for.  In our schools, the children who are eager to learn are overshadowed by the children who are athletic. 



I think sports should be something handled by communities and should be completely removed from public schools.  I just think the money could be better spent on math and science education.  Let parks and rec host athletics, and let schools be a place for education. 



Quoting radioheid:



 Sports offer education in a very important part of human culture the world over, which is why virtually every high school in America, public and private, has an athletics program. I personally feel that at least one year's participation in a team sport should be required for high school graduation as part of each school's phys ed program. The lessons learned playing sports are invaluable, and cannot be learned in a classroom.



My only concern with the mandate is the lack of funding, and how very unrealistic this would be in a rural school that has just one or two handicapped kids in the entire student body.



Quoting talia-mom:



Then the school and the parents and the children fundraises for those without the money.    This is pointless to spend tens and tens thousands of dollars a year on activities that may help 1 in 1000 kids get a scholarship when teachers don't have enough supplies.






Quoting radioheid:



 Only the rich would be able to participate. The cost of shoes, under armor, practice balls and other gear not supplied by schools is already a barrier for many poor kids in school athletics. I had to buy my niece's soccer gear this past year, or she wouldn't have been able to play because her mother couldn't afford it. Just shoes, shin guards, a practice ball and water bottle set me back nearly a hundred bucks. Soccer is my niece's greatest shot at a college scholarship, so it is very important.



Quoting talia-mom:



Doesn't matter.  Tax the rich.



personally, I think parents should have to pay for all of athletics.






Quoting radioheid:



 I'm trying to be a realist here---where is the money going to come from? Many schools are already cutting their art and music programs to save money in budget crunches. What will they take away next to accomodate this mandate?









 









 












 















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candlegal
by Judy on Jan. 26, 2013 at 11:08 AM
You mean like you are doinG now

Quoting Aslen:

Im not the only one that sees it either. People like you are what's wrong with the Conservative movement. You're so batshit crazy it makes all conservatives look batshit crazy.

The republican party is too rich, too white, and too out of touch to have an electable candidate, and the head of the RNCC said that on election night! Instead of spewing such absolute hate toward what the american people wanted, why work with your party to find someone who is actually electable?

Because, like the rest of your party, you cant take responsibility, you can only throw blame and temper tantrums




Quoting candlegal:

LOL, alrighty then

Quoting Aslen:

It's true and your posts prove it








Quoting candlegal:

of course you would think that

Quoting Aslen:


Nope but you hate the black half more. Just as much as you overtly hate Muslims and Hispanics





Quoting candlegal:

Yeah, that's what it is, ROFL

You keep forgetting I don't like his white half either.

Quoting Aslen:

Yup. She's so overtly racist it's not even funny; it's sad





Quoting lga1965:

 Thats for sure. (the Highlighted last sentence...)




Quoting Momniscient:




Perhaps a compromise then. I too agree that sports can be a huge distraction--particularly boys football and basketball. However team sports and personal athletics are an awesome tool in education.




I wonder what a good compromise would be. Also I read in the article that this is not a new mandate. Simply a reinterpretation. The OP just looks for shit to try to make that brown guy in office look bad.




Quoting Bigmetalchicken:




Around here, the sports programs bring a great deal of money into the school.  Also, the sports programs are the only reason many of the students even bother trying in school, because they know if they do not pass, they do not play. It is not always black and white.




Quoting timeforprogress:




I think personally our obsession with school sports is a huge distraction from what school is actually for.  In our schools, the children who are eager to learn are overshadowed by the children who are athletic. 




I think sports should be something handled by communities and should be completely removed from public schools.  I just think the money could be better spent on math and science education.  Let parks and rec host athletics, and let schools be a place for education. 




Quoting radioheid:




 Sports offer education in a very important part of human culture the world over, which is why virtually every high school in America, public and private, has an athletics program. I personally feel that at least one year's participation in a team sport should be required for high school graduation as part of each school's phys ed program. The lessons learned playing sports are invaluable, and cannot be learned in a classroom.




My only concern with the mandate is the lack of funding, and how very unrealistic this would be in a rural school that has just one or two handicapped kids in the entire student body.




Quoting talia-mom:




Then the school and the parents and the children fundraises for those without the money.    This is pointless to spend tens and tens thousands of dollars a year on activities that may help 1 in 1000 kids get a scholarship when teachers don't have enough supplies.








Quoting radioheid:




 Only the rich would be able to participate. The cost of shoes, under armor, practice balls and other gear not supplied by schools is already a barrier for many poor kids in school athletics. I had to buy my niece's soccer gear this past year, or she wouldn't have been able to play because her mother couldn't afford it. Just shoes, shin guards, a practice ball and water bottle set me back nearly a hundred bucks. Soccer is my niece's greatest shot at a college scholarship, so it is very important.




Quoting talia-mom:




Doesn't matter.  Tax the rich.




personally, I think parents should have to pay for all of athletics.








Quoting radioheid:




 I'm trying to be a realist here---where is the money going to come from? Many schools are already cutting their art and music programs to save money in budget crunches. What will they take away next to accomodate this mandate?












 












 
















 


















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Sisteract
by Whoopie on Jan. 26, 2013 at 11:17 AM

LOL- Sports rules at the college level- it's a money maker in terms of alumni donors- and college sports is all many regions of the country have. You can not field money draws at the college level if the kids do not hone the skills and knowledge at the the lower levels.

In many colleges, athletes are admitted before any academic standouts-

While I may not agree with the approach, it is what it is-

Quoting talia-mom:

Then the school and the parents and the children fundraises for those without the money.    This is pointless to spend tens and tens thousands of dollars a year on activities that may help 1 in 1000 kids get a scholarship when teachers don't have enough supplies.


Quoting radioheid:

 Only the rich would be able to participate. The cost of shoes, under armor, practice balls and other gear not supplied by schools is already a barrier for many poor kids in school athletics. I had to buy my niece's soccer gear this past year, or she wouldn't have been able to play because her mother couldn't afford it. Just shoes, shin guards, a practice ball and water bottle set me back nearly a hundred bucks. Soccer is my niece's greatest shot at a college scholarship, so it is very important.

Quoting talia-mom:

Doesn't matter.  Tax the rich.

personally, I think parents should have to pay for all of athletics.


Quoting radioheid:

 I'm trying to be a realist here---where is the money going to come from? Many schools are already cutting their art and music programs to save money in budget crunches. What will they take away next to accomodate this mandate?



 




Aslen
by Silver Member on Jan. 26, 2013 at 10:40 PM
I dont have to throw a temper tantrum. My guy WON. Plus, the Democrats have many more electable candidates than the Republicans do across the board


Quoting candlegal:

You mean like you are doinG now



Quoting Aslen:

Im not the only one that sees it either. People like you are what's wrong with the Conservative movement. You're so batshit crazy it makes all conservatives look batshit crazy.


The republican party is too rich, too white, and too out of touch to have an electable candidate, and the head of the RNCC said that on election night! Instead of spewing such absolute hate toward what the american people wanted, why work with your party to find someone who is actually electable?


Because, like the rest of your party, you cant take responsibility, you can only throw blame and temper tantrums






Quoting candlegal:

LOL, alrighty then

Quoting Aslen:

It's true and your posts prove it











Quoting candlegal:

of course you would think that

Quoting Aslen:


Nope but you hate the black half more. Just as much as you overtly hate Muslims and Hispanics






Quoting candlegal:

Yeah, that's what it is, ROFL

You keep forgetting I don't like his white half either.

Quoting Aslen:

Yup. She's so overtly racist it's not even funny; it's sad






Quoting lga1965:

 Thats for sure. (the Highlighted last sentence...)





Quoting Momniscient:





Perhaps a compromise then. I too agree that sports can be a huge distraction--particularly boys football and basketball. However team sports and personal athletics are an awesome tool in education.





I wonder what a good compromise would be. Also I read in the article that this is not a new mandate. Simply a reinterpretation. The OP just looks for shit to try to make that brown guy in office look bad.





Quoting Bigmetalchicken:





Around here, the sports programs bring a great deal of money into the school.  Also, the sports programs are the only reason many of the students even bother trying in school, because they know if they do not pass, they do not play. It is not always black and white.





Quoting timeforprogress:





I think personally our obsession with school sports is a huge distraction from what school is actually for.  In our schools, the children who are eager to learn are overshadowed by the children who are athletic. 





I think sports should be something handled by communities and should be completely removed from public schools.  I just think the money could be better spent on math and science education.  Let parks and rec host athletics, and let schools be a place for education. 





Quoting radioheid:





 Sports offer education in a very important part of human culture the world over, which is why virtually every high school in America, public and private, has an athletics program. I personally feel that at least one year's participation in a team sport should be required for high school graduation as part of each school's phys ed program. The lessons learned playing sports are invaluable, and cannot be learned in a classroom.





My only concern with the mandate is the lack of funding, and how very unrealistic this would be in a rural school that has just one or two handicapped kids in the entire student body.





Quoting talia-mom:





Then the school and the parents and the children fundraises for those without the money.    This is pointless to spend tens and tens thousands of dollars a year on activities that may help 1 in 1000 kids get a scholarship when teachers don't have enough supplies.










Quoting radioheid:





 Only the rich would be able to participate. The cost of shoes, under armor, practice balls and other gear not supplied by schools is already a barrier for many poor kids in school athletics. I had to buy my niece's soccer gear this past year, or she wouldn't have been able to play because her mother couldn't afford it. Just shoes, shin guards, a practice ball and water bottle set me back nearly a hundred bucks. Soccer is my niece's greatest shot at a college scholarship, so it is very important.





Quoting talia-mom:





Doesn't matter.  Tax the rich.





personally, I think parents should have to pay for all of athletics.










Quoting radioheid:





 I'm trying to be a realist here---where is the money going to come from? Many schools are already cutting their art and music programs to save money in budget crunches. What will they take away next to accomodate this mandate?















 















 




















 






















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quickbooksworm
by Silver Member on Jan. 26, 2013 at 10:45 PM

I would agree here.  My son is in karate which is $165/mo plus the cost of equipment and weapons.  Football would be even more expensive because of the cost of the field upkeep, the salaries of all the coaches (not all are teachers), busses to and from games, and the general cost of operations.  A high school band's budget is roughly $100,000/yr and students have to pay about $1000 in plus instrument/rentals and uniform rental/cleaning.  If the schools were responsible for nothing, it would be a LOT higher for the students.


Quoting radioheid:

 Only the rich would be able to participate. The cost of shoes, under armor, practice balls and other gear not supplied by schools is already a barrier for many poor kids in school athletics. I had to buy my niece's soccer gear this past year, or she wouldn't have been able to play because her mother couldn't afford it. Just shoes, shin guards, a practice ball and water bottle set me back nearly a hundred bucks. Soccer is my niece's greatest shot at a college scholarship, so it is very important.

Quoting talia-mom:

Doesn't matter.  Tax the rich.

personally, I think parents should have to pay for all of athletics.


Quoting radioheid:

 I'm trying to be a realist here---where is the money going to come from? Many schools are already cutting their art and music programs to save money in budget crunches. What will they take away next to accomodate this mandate?



 



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