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.
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