Parents of wheelchair-using student athletes are a little bit more relaxed today after learning state officials will restore funding to a Georgia association that organizes competitive team sports for students with disabilities.
About two weeks ago the Georgia Department of Education told the American Association of Adapted Sports Programs that it would lose about $700,000 in state funding because of massive budget cuts forced by the recession.
Parents, students and the association protested. The state money is about 85 percent of the group’s budget. The group didn’t know how they would operate without it.
Association directors still plan to cancel two sports programs – powerchair soccer and baseball for the visually impaired.
About 4,700 Georgia students participate in the group’s programs. Family members say the children’s disabilities prevent them from participating on their school teams.
So often parents fight to get funding restored and they fail. When you consider the tens of millions spent on education $700,000 isn’t that much money.
Still, as the state and school districts make difficult cuts, some programs and services won’t be able to continue.
Do you think the state was correct to restore this money? What other cuts – at the state or local level – would you like to see restored?