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Boston School Sports Get Boost From Public-Private Partnership

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Boston school sports programs are getting a big boost with a new public-private partnership.

Pro and collegiate sports teams, together with several Boston-area corporations, will work with the city to boost public school athletic budgets by more than 60 percent, from $4 million to $6.5 million over the next three years.

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino said there will be an academic component for student athletes as well. "It's a two-prong attack," he said. "Through academic achievements there's also sports achievements. I want them working hand in hand. A superstar in the classroom and a superstar on the ball field."

According to the Boston Globe, the city currently spends significantly less on sports than state and national averages.

This program aired on August 3, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.

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