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Restricted Access Paper

Publication Date

Fall 12-5-2014


Our primary research objective sought to explore how resources for school athletic programs differ among high schools in Clayton, St. Louis City and University City; and if differences do exist, are they just? We used athletic funding as an indicator of resources available to student athletes across the three municipalities. The data and our fieldwork revealed a significant funding gap among the school districts, allowing us to conclude that opportunities available to student athletes were highly dependent on which school they attended. These differences in student-athlete experiences result from disparity in property tax bases, which is compounded by the voluntary transfer program in which students can transfer from the St. Louis Public School District to St. Louis County schools. Overall, the unequal opportunities are embedded in thick injustice, which we attempt to reveal in this paper.

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