Charging to play sports in your district?

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  1. SPECIALEDMAN

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    Beginning this school year due to budget cuts students wishing to participate in sports will have to pay $100.00 at the high school level and $50.00 at the middle school level in my district.

    I hate that this important aspect of education will be taken away from so many of our students, and it’s ironic that the majority of our really good athletes also come from low income homes.
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    Can you fundraise or ask the booster club for donations?
     
  4. SPECIALEDMAN

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    I hope that our booster club will help with some type of scholarship program. I’m on the booster board so hopefully it can be worked out.

    Athletics may not be valued by many teachers but athletics can be the reason a kid gets out of bed and goes to school, it can be the reason he/she studies for that test because of the grade requirements and until you see this motivation in action you don’t understand its influence.
     
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    At my daughter's high school (like most in my area) the students pay $25./sport which helps cover the cost of the uniform and buses to away games. We also pay a one-time fee of $20 that covers the Athletic Banquet.
     
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    Not yet, but I do wonder if it'll happen in my children's district. I don't think it's in the plans for where I work and I sincerely hope not. I know for a fact that several of my students in the fall only came to class and passed my class due to being on the football team.
     
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    My district charges fees for everything. The families who are on free and reduced lunch are exempt.
     
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    My school does not charge for sports, but they did have to cut 2 teams this year to reduce costs.
     
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    My high school (public) used to charge us to attend football "camp," which was held at the school itself. (And I have to admit, that was more than a few presidential administrations ago....LOL!!)

    $50 for the "privilege" of rolling in the dirt and sweating like pigs during "three-a-days" for three weeks from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in August.

    I think it's fairly commonplace anymore. In fact, I can't think of a high school team in my entire area that doesn't charge the kids to participate. Any budget money from the schools or districts is only enough for coaches salaries, bus transportation, officials and game balls. If they want warm-up shirts, team gym bags, or something along those lines, they have to cover it themselves.

    I'm not saying that I like it, but I think that's just the way it is now.
     
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    That just stinks. People pay taxes in a school district to pay for school services and sports are a vital part of an education.
     
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    Many schools in this area have Pay to Play fees for not only sports but also music and other extracurricular activities. I was on one local school's website and the HS sports varied from $250 to like $800. :eek: I believe the fees cover the staff costs along with buses and possibly facility rental.
     
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    In my state, most districts charge a fee to play sports. It is generally in the 100+ dollar range. The fee can be waved for students whose families cannot afford to pay such a high cost.
     
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    Fees were charged for sports and band when I was in HS. I didn't realize that anybody did it differently. Of course, scholarships were available for those who could not afford the fees.
     
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    Fees are charged here in AZ and they're being raised even higher this year.
     
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    The athletic fee at our daughter's public high school is $300 per year/student. The bus fee is $360 per student. It is getting ridiculous, and it saddens me to think how many kids can't play sports because mom and dad can't afford it...
     
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    It's been that way in the high school I grew up in since before I was a student there. I think it's pretty common.
     
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    We don't have that here in TX, at least not in the district I went to school in or the districts I've worked in. We did make an observation yesterday during summer school lunch...that most costs could be cut in transportation. We have about 20 buses that come to the school to pick up students...but only 1-2 students get onto one bus. Why not save money and take a smaller bus or suburban?
     
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    We pay $300 per sport at the high school level. I think it was $200 at the middle school.
     
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    Wow! My daughter would have to seriously reconsider her desire to participate in almost every sport there is: basketball, soccer, volleyball, cross-country, track, snowboard racing (she would do rugby and badminton as well if they didn't conflict with soccer and basketball).
     

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