Minnesota state H.S. league raises fees up to 300% for schools

Despite shortened seasons and canceled tournaments, the state athletic association plans a huge increase in pay to play for members. A school leader says it is a 'kick in the gut'
By: | September 10, 2020

Letters informing school leaders of the rising costs to be part of the Minnesota State High School League began arriving this week, hefty bills amounting to increases of as much as 300% that one school administrator called “a kick in the gut.”

The league, in the letters, lays out its plan to alleviate a significant funding deficit caused by the COVID-19 pandemic by shifting the burden almost exclusively onto its member schools, many of which have their own budget challenges from the pandemic. The shift comes as the league has shortened its sports seasons and budgeted for no state tournaments in the 2020-21 school year.

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