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Position Paper for Pittsburgh Public Schools about sports from Mark Rauterkus. Edit

Scoreboard cover-art-4-Position Paper 14

BackgroundEdit

Doctor Linda Lane, superintendent of schools at Pittsburgh Public Schools said in her December 2013, State of the District Speech that cuts were needed in the budget and one area was to have "fewer sports."

  • This page is a hub for a position paper to address the bad-idea of fewer sports.

The concept of “fewer sports” for Pittsburgh Public Schools is wrong for many reasons.Edit

With fewer sports, more students are going to depart the city and Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS).

Sports help students get “promise ready.” Plus with sports, students gain admission to better colleges with more financial aid. Furthermore, athletes are embraced with support and instant friendships after they get onto their campus settings. Athletes do better in the classroom with higher grades in both high school and in college.

Having sports such as swimming, golf and tennis insures “excellence for all.” Pittsburgh students need schools with programs that teach how to perform in a competitive world where strong team behaviors and pressure situations are the norm.

Sports help youngsters understand what in life matters and where the noise and less important distractions reside. Quality sports experiences do wonders to teach our kids how to better manage time, space, and relationships, especially with themselves and peers.

PPS does not need fewer sports, but rather: better, smarter, more flexible and sustainable sports. We need integrated lessons from sports and wellness, and engaging sports experiences that span years, generations and communities.

With crisis comes opportunity.

My hope is to advance alternatives to “fewer sports.” Better discussions, decisions and solutions can lead the administration and board to improved outcomes and less overall PPS spending. Sports at our schools and parks can be improved greatly and be a deeply positive connection to greater number of students, citizens and taxpayers. Pittsburgh is a sports town. Sports can be a key to helping fix some of the problems in the district, the city and region.

LinksEdit

Background articles in Obama Eagle, school newspaper:Edit

Post-Gazette coverageEdit

Position Paper LinksEdit

SectionsEdit

Suggestions by numberEdit

Suggestion #s:
/1 /2 /3 /4 /5 /6 /7 /8 /9 /10
/11 /12 /13 /14 /15 /16 /17 /18 /19 /20
/21 /22 /23 /24 /25 /26 /27 /28 /29 /30
/31 /32 /33 /34 /35 /36 /37 /38 /39 /40

Footnotes by number Edit

Extras and Footnotes #s:
/40 Chart of sports and actions proposed. /41 Footnote 1, list of PIAA sports /42 Footnote 2, PIAA Constitution on Termination of Team(s) for Budgetary Reasons. /43 Footnote 3, A cautionary tale article /FAQ Frequently Asked Questions


Pending Chapters Edit

Pending Sections:

/44 Action plans:

for City

for PPS (posted 3/7/12)

/45 Connections to Whole Child & Whole Community Plan /46 Economics of Water, Swimming and Swimming Pools /47 Helpers and Hopeless Lists /48 Mark Rauterkus' Recreational Vita /49 Position Paper in various formats /Conculsion Conclusion

ArtEdit

ORG chart for PPS H20
Pieces of a puzzle for sports with school district, city hall and new entities proposed in the position paper.
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PPS H2O art-001
PPS H2O
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All City Sports Camp mini-art
All-City Sports Camp
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Oly-pen1
Olympic Sports Division
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PPS H2O art
Summer Dreamers Swim & Water Polo Camps
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Aquatic Vision concept map
Aquatic Vision
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Olympic Sports Division brain
Olympic Sports Division
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Olympic sports spartan
Olympic Sports Division, spartan
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City-logo
City of Pittsburgh
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GUEST-scoreboard-art-PositionPaper14
Position Paper: Alternatives for Fewer Sports
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