Minnesota ahead of the game in ruling over sports and disabilities

  • Article by: PAUL LEVY and KELLY SMITH , S tar Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: January 25, 2013 - 11:45 PM

New national guidelines say disabled students should have a shot at playing on traditional teams or have parallel programs, something many Minnesota schools already do.

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educator1Jan. 26, 13 5:17 AM

Well done article - lots of interesting info gathered quickly. This will expand opportunities for many youngsters but it will cost dollars. The federal government has never paid anything close to the 40% of costs of "special education" which it promised to do when it instituted special education requirements.

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skearthJan. 26, 13 6:01 AM

Can you imagine the costs of every district in the country supporting girls' programs. Come on Jeff Greg Miller Armstrong

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probsolverJan. 26, 13 6:38 AM

However, they insisted schools may not exclude students based on disabilities if they can keep up with their classmates.---- isnt that common sense? If they can make a team, they make it. If they cant, they cant.

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sundialJan. 26, 13 7:24 AM

To those of you who are concerned about the costs to the district, as a former school official, I understand. However, look at the bigger picture: How much do taxpayers pay for all sports, including the salaries of coaches at our universities? The same concerns about funding were expressed when Title IX required equal access for girls and women. Look how far we've come today.

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sfod93Jan. 26, 13 7:45 AM

This unfunded mandate may kill athlete programs across the nation...

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sfod93Jan. 26, 13 8:02 AM

As a multiple property taxpayer, this mandate is very concerning. Maybe it's time for our K-12 schools to drop organized sports and for local communities to take over that responsibilty, if they choose to do so. Focus tax dollars on education.

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jimjimjimjimJan. 26, 13 8:56 AM

"Maybe it's time for our K-12 schools to drop organized sports" They will be forced to so that they avoid all the lawsuits that are going to be filed.

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myob_STJan. 26, 13 9:12 AM

I'm with this to the point that it is reasonable, and no further. There's a limit. I have two replaced joints and need two more. When I go to a national park and realize I can't hike to the most scenic spots, I'm sad, but it's just the way it is. Everybody has limits of one sort or another.

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freedubayJan. 26, 13 9:33 AM

My kid was cut in volleyball because she was the shortest kid to tryout and the coach wanted tall kids. Is being short a disability. Its seems to be a disadvantage. Is a disability a disadvantage? Where do you draw the line? Who decides the line? Playing or engaging in sports is nice but I don't see it in the bill of rights.

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g5thistimeJan. 26, 1310:30 AM

This ruling opens up the door to mandate a team for every single student at every level. If you mandate a team for say students in wheel chairs then you also must mandate a team for lower skilled students also.

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