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The athletic director of West School claims that, as a result of continued cutbacks in the school budget, there is a need to reduce funding for female athletic programming at the varsity level. He states that the reduction is justified by the fact that fewer female students are choosing to participate in sports, as evidenced by a decline in the number of female student athletes receiving varsity recognition.

If true, which of the following most weakens the director's argument?"


The overall population of the region is projected to increase, resulting in more students enrolling in the school.


Female extra-curricular participation declined even before cutbacks in athletic program funding were proposed.


Most female student athletes at the school have gone on to continue to play at the collegiate level after a successful varsity experience.


The school has recently increased the number of coaching positions at the varsity level.


Finance issues are less prevalent in the athletic department than in other departments within the school.

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