In a desperate effort to boost student performance and save a school system from closure, one Texas school district has made the mid-year decision to eliminate its athletic programs–in a state where sports are a highly coveted pastime, the Huffington Post reports. The Premont Independent School District in South Texas lost accreditation last year after it had failed to meet adequate yearly progress requirements since 2007 under the federal No Child Left Behind law. Premont ISD was slated to close by this July, but the closure has been suspended to allow the district more time to turn around its student performance and attendance rates.

“A Not Accredited-Revoked status means that the Texas Education Agency no longer recognizes the district as a Texas public school,” according to the Houston Elementary Education Examiner

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