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Deer Valley schools to offer more female sports

The Deer Valley Unified School District is one of four in the country to reach an agreement with the U.S. Department of Education to offer more sports programs to female students.

Heidi Vega with the district said the district has already taken the first step by asking the females students in the district their feelings on the issue.

“The assessment included a survey of all eighth-grade to twelfth-grade female students in our schools,” she said. “Our next step is the district is required to report back to the Department of Education by August 2 through the assessment that will fully and effectively accommodate the athletic interests of the students — the female students.”

Vega said that her district is one of the last in Arizona that does not ask athletes to pay to play.

Under the agreement, the district will create new sports opportunities for over 1,000 females students in the district’s five high schools.

The other districts who reached an agreement with the Department of Education are in Texas, Ohio and North Carolina.