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Obama Admin. Creates Right for Disabled Students to Play Sports
Breitbart.com ^ | 1-25-2013 | Tony Lee

Posted on 01/26/2013 7:59:57 AM PST by servo1969

School districts that do not provide deaf students "a visual cue" alongside a starter pistol to enable them to compete on the track team or create basketball and tennis leagues for students in wheelchairs will be in violation of federal law and could lose government funding.

On Friday, the Obama administration declared disabled students "have the right" to "an equal opportunity to participate in their schools' extracurricular activities." In essence, the Obama administration established the right for disabled students to play wheelchair basketball or wheelchair tennis.

The U.S. Department of Education sent a guidance letter to schools, school districts, and universities informing them of the new mandate, which noted that a "2010 report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office found that many students with disabilities are not afforded an equal opportunity to participate in athletics, and therefore may not have equitable access to the health and social benefits of athletic participation."

Seth Galanter, the Department’s Acting Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, said the Department’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) will enforce Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. He specifically noted that the Act was a federal law “designed to protect the rights of individuals with disabilities in programs and activities (including traditional public schools and charter schools) that receive Federal financial assistance.”

If school districts and universities do not provide accommodations the OCR deems sufficient, they could lose federal funding. The mandate is being compared to Title IX, which deemed that no person should be excluded on the basis of sex from participation in, "denied the benefits of," or "subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance."

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So every high school must have a wheelchair basketball team? A wheelchair football team?
1 posted on 01/26/2013 8:00:06 AM PST by servo1969
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To: servo1969

If it was up to me, I’d just say “screw it” and tell the feds to keep their money.


2 posted on 01/26/2013 8:02:10 AM PST by Nowhere Man (Whitey, I miss you so much. Take care, pretty girl. (4-15-2001 - 10-12-2012))
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To: servo1969
This is ridiculous.

I heard one of the parents of these special children say it will make the kids feel included.

Well, there are millions of kids who don't make the team....millions....so should we have another team for them??

3 posted on 01/26/2013 8:02:53 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: servo1969

Paging “ Harrison Bergeron” its your turn to play


4 posted on 01/26/2013 8:03:52 AM PST by South Dakota (shut up and build a bakken pipe line)
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To: servo1969

What men’s sports will get cut now?


5 posted on 01/26/2013 8:04:10 AM PST by Clint N. Suhks (The amount of ammo you need is determined after the gunfight.)
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To: servo1969

Just wait until they are deemed ready for combat - you know “fairness”.


6 posted on 01/26/2013 8:05:41 AM PST by Last Dakotan
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To: servo1969

Wheelchair tennis???

Do you make the ball bounce slower or something?

This is stupid.

What a great way to get the feds out of your schools, tho!


7 posted on 01/26/2013 8:08:19 AM PST by Adder (No, Mr. Franklin, we could NOT keep it.)
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To: servo1969

I believe this just the beginning.

The next four years are gonna be a Progressive cluster to get as much wackiness as possible carved in stone.

Like monkeys f-ing a football.

Here’s the tune I keep hearing in my head every time something asinine like this comes up:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_B0CyOAO8y0


8 posted on 01/26/2013 8:10:42 AM PST by servo1969
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To: servo1969

What else? Wheelchair Tennis? Wheelchair Cheerleaders? Deaf Cheerleaders? Wheelchair Baseball?


9 posted on 01/26/2013 8:12:07 AM PST by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: servo1969

I can hardly wait for the results of the first all-blind archery tournament.


10 posted on 01/26/2013 8:14:13 AM PST by Wordkraft (Remember who the Collaborators are.)
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To: Nowhere Man

That’s the appropriate thing to do, but that won’t happen.


11 posted on 01/26/2013 8:15:04 AM PST by izzatzo
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To: servo1969

For that ‘touch of masochism’ in all of us, it is worth staying alive to see what this bunch of ‘feel good idiots’ can come up with next.

There were only 8 million stories in the ‘Naked City’, but when he gets around to doing something for ‘me and thee’ it will be up to 300 million stories in the naked country.

I would say that this is absolutely the dumbest single idea they have come up with BUT would just have to repeat myself in the next day or so.

Back in the 70’s some hippies/yuppies proposed diapers on ALL animals - domestic, wild etc etc. Look for that to come back’


12 posted on 01/26/2013 8:15:20 AM PST by xrmusn (6/98 "It is virtually impossible to clean the pond as long as the pigs are still crapping in it")
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To: Nowhere Man
If it was up to me, I’d just say “screw it” and tell the feds to keep their money.

This is not their money, it's our money. They tax you then they make you do whatever they want in order to get your own money back.

13 posted on 01/26/2013 8:15:45 AM PST by oldbrowser (They are marxists, don't call them democrats)
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To: servo1969

There was a deaf competitor on my daughter’s swim team years ago, and what the school did was have a hearing teammate stand behind him and when the start buzzer went off, she tapped his ankle. It worked very well, brought a tear to my eye (as I’m all-but-deaf too), and didn’t cost the school a penny to implement.


14 posted on 01/26/2013 8:17:13 AM PST by mlizzy (If people spent an hour a week in Eucharistic adoration, abortion would be ended. --Mother Teresa)
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To: Sacajaweau

It’s a tough issue. I have one daughter that has a brain injury. She is very smart, but she is uncoordinated and has speech problems.

She is not good enough to be in any after school activity.

It’s very frustrating!!!

Then my other daughter was just diagnosed with a focal dystonia, a movement disorder, and she is now considered disabled. It causes cramping and uncontrollable movements in her left hand (she’s a lefty) when she writes, plays the flute (she was a very, very, very good musician),, types, or other repetitive hand movements.

It just started a year ago. She was supposed to march in the Rose Bowl Parade with her band, but she couldn’t play her flute. It seems like they could have figured out something for her to do.

My daughter with dystonia is switching to theater and singing, so she at least is finding something to do.

My other daughter has no after school activities, and she is lonely.

I don’t know what the solution is, but it’s hard having a kid that doesn’t have many friends.


15 posted on 01/26/2013 8:23:06 AM PST by luckystarmom
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To: servo1969
how included will they feel when nobody but their parents show up to watch these exhibitions???
16 posted on 01/26/2013 8:23:19 AM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: servo1969

What do you call a kid with no arms and legs who plays baseball?.......Third base...
It’s a joke people! Like our fearless leader!


17 posted on 01/26/2013 8:27:11 AM PST by baddog 219
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To: luckystarmom
I am with you ( literally having a child I had to home school with a very difficult medical condition) however we cannot remake our society, in fact we are way past bankrupt and both of your daughters are on the hook.

At my sons’ private boy school there was a wonderful young man who suffered a serious disability. Could not play sports: so he was team manager, and very much a part.

Look for alternatives. It is part of the pain, but the reward is so much deeper than what the typical kids’ accomplishments bring.

18 posted on 01/26/2013 8:37:43 AM PST by Bainbridge
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To: Wordkraft

“I can hardly wait for the results of the first all-blind archery tournament.”

We had a blind guy on the darts team when I was overseas. One of the other guys would tap on the target where he needed to aim (and then get the heck out of the way!).


19 posted on 01/26/2013 8:38:54 AM PST by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: servo1969

Maybe he can set it up so that I can play in the NBA. I’m 55 years old and 5’10”. Is that a problem?


20 posted on 01/26/2013 8:39:10 AM PST by crosshairs (All we are saying, is give a high cap piece a chance.)
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To: baddog 219

I’m thinking of all the extreme possibilities now. How about those-in-a-coma golf or mentally-ill basketball or...?


21 posted on 01/26/2013 8:39:40 AM PST by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: PLMerite

Speaking as a man disabled since birth (pre-natal stroke affecting my left arm & leg) I put forth that this kind of gov’t initiative has nothing to do with “helping” people with disabilities - it is strictly about the exercise of power. Forcing the citizenry to do things which make no sense, waste money and may actually injure those it purports to help. Forcing people to do things against their will is just a way of showing who has power and who doesn’t.

Our fearless leaders and their minions exercise power as a revenge on a world they see as having snubbed, teased, or not played with them when they were kids. Our leaders were the kids always picked last to be on the team.


22 posted on 01/26/2013 8:51:07 AM PST by Wordkraft (Remember who the Collaborators are.)
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To: servo1969

Our oldest son is high functioning autistic, he turns 16 tomorrow (where does the time go?) We have been blessed that we are in a area that has a very well coordinated Special Olympics program. He has competed in the local, regional and state level in basketball, swimming, bowling, soccer, and track & field. If the weather holds up next month, he will be able to ski in the Winter Games (last year he learned how to ski but competition was cancelled because of not enough snow)
He’s never really expressed interest in the school programs because of the opportunities he’s received in Special Olympics.


23 posted on 01/26/2013 8:55:10 AM PST by Severa (I can't take this stress anymore...quick, get me a marker to sniff....)
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To: South Dakota

There’s a hard-to-find movie called “Between Time and Timbuktu” that mashes together a lot of Vonnegut stories, including a decent sized chunk of that one. It stars William Hickey in an early role, has Bob and Ray as the TV announcers. It’s a bit dated (a lot of early 70’s strangeness), but worth a watch, IMHO.


24 posted on 01/26/2013 8:55:48 AM PST by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: Bainbridge

I’m not for government involvement, but I am for speaking up for kids.

I actually think getting the government involved might hurt the kids in the long run. People without disabilities resent being forced into helping.

My daughters go to a private Christian achool, and you would think they would be more helpful.


25 posted on 01/26/2013 9:02:15 AM PST by luckystarmom
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To: luckystarmom

My son played football with a kid who had a mild form of Downs Syndrome. This kid played organized football from Pop Warner to High School JV. When he became a senior he was not allowed to play Varsity football by the school district. They cited injury concerns. It was bullshit. This kid was a good player. He started at FB and DE his junior year on JV. He was 3rd on team in tackles and had 4 QB sacks. The varsity coach was going to start him at DE. There are some kids like David Martinez that get screwed by not being allowed to play. I coached David for 4 years in Pop Warner, he was a coaches dream. David put out 100% everytime he stepped on the field. He never complained, he was a great team mate. Everyone who ever played with him or coached him loved the kid. The question is how do we fix it without going overboard like Obama has.


26 posted on 01/26/2013 9:06:34 AM PST by sean327 (God created all men equal, then some become Marines!)
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To: servo1969

I am thinking a running back with a properly designed wheelchair on a regular team could be quite effective. (^;


27 posted on 01/26/2013 9:09:55 AM PST by Clay Moore (The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of a fool to the left. Ecclesiastes 10:2)
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To: servo1969

Good thing the hard stuff, like the debt and budget, has been taken care of so fedzilla can concentrate on shit like this.


28 posted on 01/26/2013 9:16:11 AM PST by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: Clay Moore

I use a wheelchair now, but I’ve walked with a limp all my life. We with some form of disabil;ity want to play sports and many have. We know sports are for the fitter people, in competition sports. But we might surprise smartasses like you ... I used my putter for a cane back when I won my club championship in Golf (late eighties). Played doubles on a couple of tennis teams in my younger days.


29 posted on 01/26/2013 9:16:33 AM PST by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: SandRat
What else? Wheelchair Tennis? Wheelchair Cheerleaders? Deaf Cheerleaders? Wheelchair Baseball? (My emphasis)

I can't wait to see a wheelchair cheerleader pyramid......................

30 posted on 01/26/2013 9:34:03 AM PST by varon (USA Nationalist)
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To: South Dakota

“Paging “ Harrison Bergeron” its your turn to play”

Anyone reading this thread, and my reply, should go here:
http://www.wordfight.org/bnw/bnw-unit_packet.pdf

… to read the Kurt Vonnegut short story, “Harrison Bergeron”.

Won’t take but 15 minutes of your time.

I realize Mr. Vonnegut was a liberal, yet he “saw the future” on this one decades before it happened...


31 posted on 01/26/2013 9:35:54 AM PST by Road Glide
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To: luckystarmom
I don’t know what the solution is, but it’s hard having a kid that doesn’t have many friends.

I can imagine the emotional strain on you or any other parent when they see their children excluded from certain activities due to physical or mental impairment.

There is not a single one of us that is not proficient at something that others seem to handle with ease.

The overriding question to me is, is it the community's responsibility to accommodate the deficiencies of every member and to fulfill their every wish?

32 posted on 01/26/2013 9:50:44 AM PST by varon (USA Nationalist)
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To: Wordkraft
Coming from the turdball who made fun of the Special Olympics, at that. You are right. This is not about equal opportunity, this is the nanny state on steroids.

Now it is the duty of the federal government to insure that no kid gets hurt feelings if an unfortunate reality prevents him from playing the sport of his choice. Sorry, ain't buying.

33 posted on 01/26/2013 10:03:44 AM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: luckystarmom
She was supposed to march in the Rose Bowl Parade with her band, but she couldn’t play her flute. It seems like they could have figured out something for her to do.

Did she not go? There's no reason she couldn't have just held her flute or maybe give her a clarinet to hold with her right hand for looks if she couldn't hold up her flute. Maybe a drum and use her right hand. There's no reason she had to play. Why couldn't she be one of the banner carriers? Simple enough to come up with something for her to participate. It's a guarantee that a dozen able bodied kids didn't play a note the whole route.

34 posted on 01/26/2013 10:08:10 AM PST by bgill (We've passed the point of no return. Welcome to Al Amerika.)
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To: Wordkraft

...it is strictly about the exercise of power

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True. I suspect it’s also about helping the unions,as these students will surely need unionized aides to assist them in the athletic activities.


35 posted on 01/26/2013 10:13:04 AM PST by Bigg Red (Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved! -Ps80)
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To: luckystarmom
My other daughter has no after school activities, and she is lonely.

There are many kids who aren't in after school activities and who aren't disabled. There are many kids who are lonely and who aren't disabled.

36 posted on 01/26/2013 10:16:42 AM PST by bgill (We've passed the point of no return. Welcome to Al Amerika.)
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To: mlizzy
There was a deaf competitor on my daughter’s swim team years ago, and what the school did was have a hearing teammate stand behind him and when the start buzzer went off, she tapped his ankle. It worked very well, brought a tear to my eye (as I’m all-but-deaf too), and didn’t cost the school a penny to implement.

I have no problem with a situation such as the one you descibed, where a common sense approach was used, the risk of injury to the child or others was no greater than with any other student, and little or no cost was invovled. However, like everything else the government does, this initiative is going to carry things to the extreme, requiring significant resources and oversight that the school districts cannot afford. Also, what will be the legal ramifications be if someone gets hurt?

37 posted on 01/26/2013 10:29:31 AM PST by GreenHornet
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To: GreenHornet

I think that is what a lot of lawyers are waiting for....injuries. Probably have prospective parents of disabled kids salivating in anticipation.


38 posted on 01/26/2013 10:40:45 AM PST by Jrabbit
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To: varon

I don’t know if it is responsibility, but I think that people have become selfish and not caring.

Why not have some activities that take everyone and are not competitive? She would love to do theater, singing, softball, basketball but she sucks at it. She just wants to participate and have fun, but once you get into high school the groups are all competitive.

It’s just difficult. No real answers.


39 posted on 01/26/2013 12:49:16 PM PST by luckystarmom
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To: varon

I don’t know if it is responsibility, but I think that people have become selfish and not caring.

Why not have some activities that take everyone and are not competitive? She would love to do theater, singing, softball, basketball but she sucks at it. She just wants to participate and have fun, but once you get into high school the groups are all competitive.

It’s just difficult. No real answers.


40 posted on 01/26/2013 12:49:17 PM PST by luckystarmom
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To: luckystarmom
, but once you get into high school the groups are all competitive
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You expect government schooling to be rational?

Government schooling is the very definition of a socialist-funded, compulsory-use, single payer, and godless entitlement.

Question: When has a socialist, single-payer, godless, compulsory-use, compulsory-funded entitlement ever been rational?

41 posted on 01/26/2013 12:53:03 PM PST by wintertime
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To: luckystarmom

As for compassion:

When has a socialist, compulsory, godless, and single payer entitlement ever been compassionate?


42 posted on 01/26/2013 12:54:35 PM PST by wintertime
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To: Nowhere Man

That is the correct answer. Eventually alternative non state funded schooling with become more and more popular as the feds make public school nothing more than large expensive child care centers.

We need a class action lawsuit to relieve taxpayers of paying school taxes if they decide to not send their children to government schools.


43 posted on 01/26/2013 12:55:23 PM PST by Fzob (In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Jefferson)
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To: bgill
There are many kids who are lonely ...
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Uh oh! Lonely!

Some socialist-entitlement school comrade is sure to define lonely as a disability.

44 posted on 01/26/2013 12:57:03 PM PST by wintertime
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To: Fzob
We need a class action lawsuit to relieve taxpayers of paying school taxes if they decide to not send their children to government schools.
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Here's a possible legal strategy:

All government owned and run schools violate the First Amendment and freedom of conscience: Why?

1) Government schools are not religiously neutral. They never have been, are not now, and never can be. Why? Because religious neutrality is an impossible state of mind. All sentient humans ( and **all** schools) must choose between either a godless or God-centered worldview. Neither of these worldview is neutral in content or consequences. No child should be FORCED by means of police and court threat to attend these religiously NON-neutral government schools. No taxpayer should be FORCED by threat of police and court action to fund these schools.

2) All schools must control speech, press, assembly, and expression of religion to maintain order and safety. ( Prisons do, too.) When government runs and owns compulsory-use socialist schools, the government violates the speech, press, assembly, and religious expression of the child. In many ways the government treats children ( whose only crime was to be born) as a prisoner. No child should be FORCED by threat of police and court action to be treated this way by the government. No citizen should be under the threat of police and court action to fund it.

Fundamentally.....Government owned and run socialist-entitlement, single-payer, godless, and compulsory schooling is a a freedom of conscience and First Amendment ABOMINATION!

45 posted on 01/26/2013 1:06:39 PM PST by wintertime
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To: servo1969

Can you be against it, you heartless Republicans? Could you be against Bush pere’s ADA, which ended up driving many small businesses out of... business (but you’ll never hear about it, so it didn’t happen)? It works every time, fake compassion does, government compassion, and it works on Conservatives as well.


46 posted on 01/26/2013 1:07:32 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: servo1969

I think this will come to a halt when Harvard, Yale and Princeton can no longer give kids of alumni or wealthy influential families an edge in admissions.

Make them take all the qualified applicants into a pool - by only objective measures SAT and GPA - have them draw the ones that are admitted lottery style.

This everyone wins/get to participate nonsense will end within 10 seconds.


47 posted on 01/26/2013 1:13:54 PM PST by Triple (Socialism denies people the right to the fruits of their labor, and is as abhorrent as slavery)
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To: Wordkraft

I was born too soon.

Because of my 1” vertical leaping ability, I was denied the opportunity to ‘participate’ on my high school’s basketball team.

I need to sue somebody...


48 posted on 01/26/2013 1:16:05 PM PST by Delta Dawn (at)
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To: hinckley buzzard

What would happen if schools eliminated **all** sports and arts activities and turned the whole mess over to the county departments of recreation?

What would happen if the county departments of recreation refused to run these sports and arts programs?


49 posted on 01/26/2013 1:16:45 PM PST by wintertime
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To: luckystarmom

I am sorry you and your daughters have such a tough time of it, lsm.


50 posted on 01/26/2013 2:09:43 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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