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In The NewsNY: Poughkeepsie, Teachers lose jobs, sports cut
The Poughkeepsie school board is expected to reduce funding for nonvarsity sports and extracurricular activities.
12-Apr-2011, Poughkeepsie Journal
IL: Peoria, Plan to cut cheer program under fire
10-Mar-2012 12 News
Hostilities over the abrupt cut to a state-champion high-school cheer program that made its way onto YouTube continue escalating despite a restoration of the competitive squad and an apology from the school's principal.
At the Peoria Unified School District board meeting Thursday, more than a dozen parents accused Sunrise Mountain High School's principal and athletic director of discrimination and bullying, saying the two should be investigated and placed on administrative leave.
Others lambasted district officials and school board members, saying they should have stepped up their response. Cheer mom Monique Conyers said she will file a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights.
Raymond S. Kellis High School's competitive cheer squad will also be cut next season, sparking anger from another group of cheerleaders and their parents at the board meeting.
"Our program deserves to be competitive," Emily Pose, cheer captain and senior at Kellis, said to the school board. "We deserve to have the right to be athletes."
Sunrise Mountain principal Jerry Nunez sent an apologetic letter to parents Tuesday saying he's reversed his decision to cut the competitive squad.
The controversy began in late February after Nunez and the school's athletic director, Christine Gutierrez, informed a room full of tearful cheerleaders and enraged parents that the competitive squad would be axed next year because of "personal preference" and that the Peoria campus was "going in a different direction."
The contentious meeting grabbed the public's attention after a parent taped it on her iPhone and uploaded it onto YouTube.
The video showed tempers among parents and cheerleaders flaring, with heated words exchanged between them and Nunez.
Over the next several days, administrators held meetings with parents, followed by Nunez's letter vowing to include parents in future decisions.
Neither Nunez nor Gutierrez attended the board meeting Thursday.
So far, Sunrise High competition will be limited to the Arizona Interscholastic Association. Cheer parents said that limiting the competitions drastically reduces the squad's opportunities.
Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/12news/news/articles/2012/03/08/20120308peoria-cut-cheer-program-backlash.html#ixzz1pDG9XA8C