JSB - High school athletes must pay to participate in sports. There is nothing
free about high school sports. Drill team and cheerleading can be as much as
$2500 per year, and this is money the parents come up with, not subsidized by
the school. Football is also costly. This is why every other week, you have a
kid at your door selling cookie dough, pizza cards, etc. The school can't
afford to fund athletics, but families want their kids to have the opportunity.
Absolutely excellent post, JSB. Thank you. But I'm afraid we already know
the answer to your final question.
I wonder how much it costs to run the inter school athletic program in Granite
School District? What's more important--a handful of big jocks getting to
play games or 2000 elementary school students having a great outdoor learning
experience. This isn't about state funding. It's about priorities.
Will the Granite School Board place high school athletes ahead of elementary
school students? We'll see.
Sorry, taxpayers cannot afford to give everyone everything they want, no matter
how nice it would be.If a couple days outdoors is so nice, why not
give each of the kids a pony? And a big house in the wilderness to live in?
And a car when they turn 16?It is like NOTHING is the responsibility
of the parents any more. The excuse is that the "poor" will
suffer if not given all this "free stuff." Well, these greedy
government entities are turning hard working, tax paying citizens into "the
poor" with their incessant demands for funds for program after program. How
about ending some existing government programs which may not be quite as
necessary, or quite as effective if you want to fund this one? How many
government programs have been ended by the school district, state or federal
governments in the past 5 years?
Don't we all know by now if there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good
report or praiseworthy, we seek to destroy those things in the Utah legislature?