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Why California cheerleaders are doing cartwheels right now

Why California cheerleaders are doing cartwheels right now

The state Senate on Monday approved a bill that would eventually classify competitive cheerleading in high school as a sport so it would receive the same recognition and regulations that protect the safety of other athletes. The measure, which next goes to the governor for action, requires the California Interscholastic Federation to develop guidelines, procedures and safety standards to classify competition cheer as an interscholastic sport. Interested in the stories shaping California? Sign up for the free Essential California newsletter >> Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), a former cheerleader, said the measure is justified because cheerleaders represent 60% of the...

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