Julia Neusner

Teachers Suspended for Helping Students Fight for Their Right to Play

Students from the International Community High School in the Bronx kicked around a soccer ball outside City Hall on April 22, reminiscing about practicing with their school’s league before a lack of funding dissipated their team in the fall of 2014. Chanting and handing out leaflets to passersby, high school senior Fatou Boye explained that sports can unify and motivate students, while providing an avenue to success for those whose athletic skills attract college recruiters. Cutting access to sports, Boye and other student activists say, cuts opportunity.

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