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The current strain on the public educational dollar intensifies the consideration of reducing or eliminating high school activity programs. However, the educational benefits derived from participation in interscholastic programs shout for public recognition, and the need for educators to further the public's awareness and support of high school activity programs is acute. Executive Director Brice B. Durbin of the National Federation of State High School Associations (1981) asserted, "Nationally over one-half of the high school student population participates in high school student activity programs for approximately one percent of the total school budget, obviously the best value in public education today" (p. 1). Among those who contend that the interscholastic program should be an integral part of the overall secondary school program is T. H. Bell, former U.S. Secretary of Education: "Interscholastic activities programs are essential to the education of most youth and, therefore are an integral part of high school curriculum" (cited in National Federation Memorandum, August 6, 1984, p. 1).

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Educational Administration and Counseling

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James E. Albrecht

Second Advisor

Norman McCumsey


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