Posted by Tom Kaptain on April 25, 2019 at 07:10:32:
In Reply to: Re: School District Charges Bball Program During Regular Season. posted by Lawyer on April 11, 2019 at 09:28:07:
There is a court decision known as the "Rialto Decision" which forbids school districts from charging mandatory fee's to play sports. Schools get around that by asking for what they claim are voluntary fee's and then harassing coaches or participants if they don't pay. It's really kind of sick. Theoretically, sports are considered to be an academic subject by the state, so it's no different than charging students to take a math class. But most districts would do that if they could. The real problem is that you should want your students participating in things like this, especially those on the border. If you take a typical 14 year old high school freshman from a middle class family, playing sports gives them something to do with their buddies and helps keep them out of trouble. When it's free as it used to be at all high schools, the idea of playing becomes very popular. But add a fee to the equation and a lot of.kids wind up not playing. The school covers for that by saying they will pay for poor kids who want to play, but the reality of life is that most poor kids don't like to accept help like that and virtually none like it when the word leaks out as it often does. It's just a case of school districts abdicating their responsibilities, because they would rather spend the money on other things.
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