New York state's Board of Regents approved a policy change that allows fifth-year high-school students who have disabilities to be nonscoring participants in school sports. "For a child with a disability, athletics is part and parcel of their education," one board member said, "It's something that I think will benefit a lot of kids who want to and should participate." The rule applies only to noncontact sports and will be subject to a second vote this fall before it becomes permanent.

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