Price to Play
Stephanie Dressler takes a shot during field hockey practice. The 3,100 student Juniata County School District, in central Pennsylvania, has started charging student-athletes $250 per sport to help offset budget cuts. —Sean Simmers for Education Week
Seniors Courtney Peoples, left, and Alyssa Schlegel take a snack break during a recent practice at East Juniata High School. Schools superintendent Rick Musselman worries that the district's new athletic fees will discourage some students from participating. —Sean Simmers for Education Week
Each member of the East Juniata high school girls soccer team must pay $250 to participate. Local athletic boosters are picking up other costs. —Sean Simmers for Education Week
Sophomore Caitlin Hoover tries to catch a grape thrown by a teammate during a break in a field hockey recent practice. There will be no junior varsity team because of budget cuts. The East Juniata team has merged with Juniata High School. —Sean Simmers for Education Week
Sean Simmers photographed student-athletes from East Juniata High School who pay $250 per sport to help offset budget cuts for an Education Week story that examined what happens when school districts are forced to make painful spending choices.