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Texas school district cancels sports to focus on academics

Texas school district cancels sports to focus on academics
Associated Press

POSTED: Monday, January 23, 2012 - 7:32am

UPDATED: Tuesday, January 24, 2012 - 11:41am

An academically struggling South Texas school district has decided to cancel student sports and use the money for improving education.

Trustees of the Premont Independent School District last week signed an agreement with the Texas Education Agency allowing the underperforming district to stay open through December.

Premont is a town of nearly 2,700, located 65 miles southwest of Corpus Christi. The district has about 700 students.

The Corpus Christi Caller-Times ( ) reported Wednesday that Premont in 2011 earned the state's lowest rating, of unacceptable, for the second time in three years.

Superintendent Ernest Singleton says the ban on athletics will start following the end of the basketball season.

He says the district should save $50,000 this spring by dropping sports and using the money for two new science labs.

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I guess they had to do something and that was the only way TEA would let them stay open. I agree with the other opinion regarding channeling the money to administrators. Use it for classroom teachers.

As a retired teacher, having had 33 years experience, I have seen many school districts support sports to the detriment of academics. Looking at schools in Europe that have no sports in the schools, I see a much higher emphasis on academics and higher achievement for their students as a result. There the communities have leagues for all their sports and students participate in those when school is not in session. These are not funded my the schools. If only America had followed that example!

This might work if they don't just use the money saved on atheletics to hire more Administrators.

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