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The Texas board of education has given high school girls the go-ahead to play football, making it one of the last states to offer girls such an opportunity.

Acting on a request by the Texas University Interscholastic League, the governing body for interscholastic sports in the state, the state board voted 9 to 3 this month to amend the rules governing football.

The amendment takes effect this fall.

All three of the members casting votes against the rule change were men who cited safety concerns.

Although the state board debated the issue before voting, no members of the public showed up to testify for or against the measure, according to Joey Lozano, a spokesman for the state education department.

Girls had been permitted to try out for virtually every other sport offered in Texas schools.

When the interscholastic league voted last October to permit girls the opportunity to try out for the gridiron, officials said they doubted that it would have much of an impact. Few junior high school girls, who have been allowed to play for a half dozen years, turn out for the sport, they said. (See Education Week, Oct. 28, 1992.)

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