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L.A. City College suspends most sports programs amid budget cuts

Los Angeles City College has suspended most of its sports programs for at least a year to deal with a multimillion-dollar budget deficit.

College President Jamillah Moore told trustees Wednesday that the move would save $700,000 and prevent academic programs from being cut.

Women's volleyball was spared because its season is about to start, but six other programs, including men's and women's basketball, are off.

Several former basketball players said the program was a long and storied one that offered a path out of poverty for many inner-city youths.

"I just came back from Croatia, where I spoke to 15 players who told me Los Angeles City changed my life," said Joseph Taylor, 23. JaQay Carlyle said his athletic experience launched him to UC Davis and on to law school.

-- Gale Holland

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I think LACC President Moore made the right move!

Education first... sports second.

Money could be saved as well as programs if the powers that be would institute more ONLINE classes.

Not to mention...money would be earned by the colleges...more attendees = more money = more higher educated people.

There is no reason for you not to be able to get an Community College AA completely online...with the exception of certain classes that require a "Lab" or the "Arts" classes.

In this age of computers...the State of California should see that ONLINE classes are the wave of the future. It would make college a reality for many who cannot attend the brick and mortar classes... working adults...parents...disabled, etc.

At this point...even if you can attend the school...classes are full...or cut!

President Moore...ONLINE CLASSES is a POSITIVE move!!

This will spread to other JC's and some colleges. Its O.K. it worked for the University of Chicago. Put the money into education, no need to prolong high school sports careers at the expense of life-long educations. I am confident that if the students voted over paying out of pocket for this, sports would be gone. Sad, but our society is too selfish to see that sports, like music and arts are important to individual growth.

There's a lot more going on here than meets the eye.

I hope the LA Times will dedicate some resources to find out the truth.


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