Board Member Says Athletic Spending by Schools is "Profane"

MARCH 14, 2006 - Posted at 8:12 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - A member of the state Education Board says some Arkansas schools are spending what he called a "profane" amount of money on athletics.  At its meeting yesterday, the board reviewed a report from last month showing that Arkansas' schools spent nearly $86 million on athletics during the 2004-2005 school year.  That amount is equal to $190 per student.

Board member Ben Mays said he thinks the report's total is still too low and that some schools are under-reporting their expenses.  Mays estimated that the state may be spending as much as $5,750 per varsity sports participant.  He compared that to the $195 he said the state spends per student for English-as-a-second language programs, and said the comparison was pretty profane.

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