No cutting of middle school sports and athletic funding
  • Petitioned East Providence School Committee

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East Providence School Committee
East Providence Budget Commission

No cutting of middle school sports and athletic funding

    1. Petition by

      June Coan

      Riverside, RI

East Providence is in financial trouble, and it was proposed from B&E that the school committee look into eliminating middle school sports and cut a percentage of funding from high school sports. Sports is very important to the Townie community, and if they cut middle school sports, they leave approximately 300 students without an outlet after school, and kids will not be prepared to play high school level sports. B&E claims that middle school sports is "duplicate" of community sports going on, which it is not. Community sports are more about basic fundamentals and having fun, while middle school sports prepare kids for high school level competition and teaching them how to win a game at a very competitive level. For some kids, middle school sports is they only way they can play sports, as it costs money to join AYSO, Pop Warner, Little League and the like. They also propose that the school committee eliminate sports teams with low enrollment, the problem with that the amount of kids coming out for teams fluctuates every year. Also, if say for example the boys soccer team has higher enrollment then the girls soccer team, and they choose to eliminate the girls soccer team for low enrollment, they face violation of Title IX, which guarantees equality for sports and any education program. If they violate that, schools can lose federal funding and face lawsuits, something the city cannot afford. Students need sports to keep them active and keep them out of trouble. It also helps kids better their education, and keeps them focused on school. By signing this petition, we are asking the school committee not to eliminate middle school sports and not reduce funding for the athletic department, rather, find other ways pay our debt. And also telling the Budget Commission to do the same.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. School Committee Votes

      June Coan
      Petition Organizer

      Just so everyone knows, the school committee voting 3-1 in keeping sports. However, the Budget Commission nixed it anyways. I am continuing the petition because now I will be sending this to the budget commission as well, to make them change their minds. Please continue to pass this around for people to sign. Thank you!

    2. Reached 500 signatures
    3. Meeting Change

      June Coan
      Petition Organizer

      the meeting is now Wed Feb 22 at 7pm at Comedy Connection on Warren Ave.

    4. Reached 200 signatures
    5. For more information

      June Coan
      Petition Organizer

      If you are on Facebook, please look for Supporters of East Providence Middle Athletics for the latest information. Sports has been cut for now, but there are talks of alternative funding. There will be a meeting Mon Feb. 20 at 7:30 at Studio 360 on 2399 Pawtucket Ave. Second Fl. Mr. Tsonos will attend the meeting, it is being run by Donnie Senna. Stay tuned.

    6. If you want more info

      June Coan
      Petition Organizer

      If you are on Facebook, please check this FB page for the latest info

    7. Reached 100 signatures
    8. Recent Article on this issue

      June Coan
      Petition Organizer

      This is an article about the possible cuts. I ask all who care to show up Feb 14th!

    9. School Committee's Decision Date

      June Coan
      Petition Organizer

      The school committee will vote on this Feb 14th! Please keep this petition going! Thank you!

    10. Let's keep this going!

      June Coan
      Petition Organizer

      The school committee has not voted yet on this topic, so I am continuing the petition until they do so. Let's keep this rolling.

    11. Almost the; meeting tonight!

      June Coan
      Petition Organizer

      Keep it going folks! We need 100! Meeting tonight EP City Hall at 6:30. Asking all to attend and speak out! Keep passing this petition along and thank you for your support!

    12. We are halfway there!

      June Coan
      Petition Organizer

      Good news we are halfway there! But we need 100 ! I'm asking all of you know someone who supports this and has not yet signed this petition to do so. Ask teachers, parents, coaches, administrators, and even the kids to sign! Also, I'm asking anyone who signed to show up if they can Tues Jan 24th (this week) at 6:30 at city hall for the school committee meeting. If you are a current or former athlete, the school committee is asking for you to speak about your experience with athletics. We need your support! Thank you and let's keep this going!

    13. Reached 50 signatures
    14. Let's keep this going!

      June Coan
      Petition Organizer

      Okay folks we are on a roll here! Let's keep this petition going. I ask all of you to get your friends , teachers, coaches, students, parents and administrators to sign this petition and pass it on. The children are counting on you! Our goal is to go past 100. Copy and paste this petition in your emails, Facebook, Twitter, and any social media accounts you may have. Thank you!

      Also, thank you to WPRO 630 AM for focusing on this issue this morning.

    15. Reached 10 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Lisa Silveira EAST PROVIDENCE, RI
      • over 2 years ago

      I have children in middle school sports and it is a very important part of their education

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    • Thomas Airozo RUMFORD, RI
      • over 2 years ago

      This is absolutely ridiculous to even consider. After-school sports give students something to look forward to after a long school day. They provide all students with a way to socialize and even give those students who can't afford community athletics an opportunity to compete and improve in something they enjoy. Aside from the social aspect of them, these sports also help develop work ethics in students of all types. The benefits of these sports far outweigh the costs and this simply cannot be allowed to happen.

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    • Rebecca Medina EAST PROVIDENCE, RI
      • over 2 years ago

      My son is currently a middle school student. He is devastated at the thought of not being able to play sports.

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    • Richard Phillips EAST PROVIDENCE, RI
      • over 2 years ago

      I say we crap can half of these jokers and fund the sports programs with their available salaries. This city would run better if a circus clown ran the whole show.

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    • Damian Ramos EAST PROVIDENCE, RI
      • over 2 years ago

      Townie Pride!

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