Should Public School Districts Continue to Fund High School Athletics?

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Monday, May 21, 2012

Last week dueling guest columns in the USA TODAY prompted several days of impassioned letters from readers taking sides on the issue.

It wasn’t about gay marriage or bullying or Greek austerity or anything else prominent in the news the past few days.

It was about whether it’s time to stop funding high school athletics.

Arizona is not the only state facing enormous K12 funding pressure. During the economic downturn the past few years nearly every state either reduced education funding or held funding flat.

School districts across the country have needed to find ways to do more with less and in an increasing number of school districts one of the ways they’ve found is the elimination of high school athletics.

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