Budgets And Box Scores: Funding Sports In Boston Public Schools
In professional sports, Boston is TitleTown, U.S.A. Since 2001, the Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics and Bruins have won a combined seven league championships.
If only the same could be said of sports in Boston Public Schools. Just four years ago, Boston’s student-athletes performed in shabby — and even dangerous — conditions. Today, the city’s school sports program has undergone unprecedented changes.
In a weeklong series (May 13-17, 2013), Karen Given and Doug Tribou of WBUR’s Only A Game examine the current state of sports in Boston’s public schools and the public-private partnerships working to improve students’ performance on and off the field.
We close our special series on Boston school sports with undiscussed questions and a look at the way forward.
In sports there are scores and records. In school there are tests and grades. And for Boston students participating in the school district’s privately funded sports programs, all of those are important.
Stories from our audience about how participating in school sports has changed their lives.
Play Ball! and Boston Scholar Athletes fund school athletic programs and work to make sure students are meeting GPA requirements to participate. But some say the city’s requirements should be more challenging.
The Play Ball! Foundation and the Boston Scholar Athlete Program have brought funding to the city’s athletics programs, but they didn’t just cut checks and walk away.
Students, administrators and stakeholders share thoughts on sports in Boston Public Schools.
After a scathing report on the state of sports in Boston Public Schools, two community leaders stepped up to pitch in. In Part 1 of a weeklong series, we track the school system’s progress and ask: Is the outside help enough?