Advocate editorial board opinion: Allowing access to competitions was good revision
We were happy the superintendent's cabinet eased its rules pertaining to non-University Interscholastic League activities for students in middle school and high school.
We think the students who participate in these activities - cheerleading, dance, FFA, ballet folklorico and some areas of speech and debate, to name a few - will greatly appreciate the opportunity to compete on a larger scale and raise needed funds to participate because of the new rules.
After parents, coaches and others argued the rules were too restrictive, the cabinet comprised of the assistant superintendent and top-level administrators loosened the rules.
We applaud this successful communication. Obviously, the cabinet and parents were willing to sit down and discuss the rules. And it is apparent that the ultimate winners in this compromise will be the students.
With the revised rules, students in middle school will, upon the approval of the principal, be allowed one out-of-town competition (no out-of-town competition for middle-schoolers had previously been the rule), and out-of-state competitions will have to have approval by the school board (previously, no out-of-state competitions were allowed).
The rules for out-of-pocket expenses for these non-UIL activities remains the same: $350 for middle school students and $750 for high school students. Of course, booster clubs can raise money for expenses, and additional money could be available with school board approval.
Also, students in middle school and high school will be allowed to practice during summer on a limited basis. The non-UIL rules will go into effect June 1.
The superintendent's cabinet's compromise should be applauded. And the cabinet making it easier for students to compete and participate in these activities is admirable. Like UIL competitions, non-UIL activities engage students and serve to encourage them in academics.
This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.