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Proposal To Offer Cheerleading As A High School Class

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Aired 8/3/10

The San Diego Unified School Board is considering whether to expand options for physical education credits, and cheerleading could soon be offered as a class.

The San Diego Unified School Board is considering whether to expand options for physical education credits, and cheerleading could soon be offered as a class.

Right now, cheerleading is not considered a sport in San Diego public schools. And that means cheerleaders need to pay for their own coaching, uniforms, competitions and gym fees.

Board Member Katherine Nakamura has proposed to expand the physical education credit to include cheerleading. She says it wouldn't give cheeerleaders any school funding, but it would encourage students to stay involved.

"The day is just entirely too packed. When you make a student take P.E. in addition to everything else and then do cheerleading after school, they simply don't have the time to do it, to participate."

The proposal would also apply to members of drill teams, show choirs and other similar activities.

The school board will decide tonight whether to move the proposal for further consideration.

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