Friday, August 24, 2007

private vs. public high school football

In the top sports story in the C-J this morning...

Wilson Sears, the superintendent of schools in Somerset County, wants regulations on private schools that would result in equivalent "athletic-feeder systems" between private and government schools. At present, public schools have to deal with boundaries that prevent students from changing schools without losing a year of athletic eligibility.

I'm no expert on supposed recruiting violations by high schools or the intricacies of KY high school athletics-- and no, I didn't stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night. But it strikes me as funny that Sears is complaining about a perceived inequality while he enjoys a marked advantage himself. Whatever advantage that private schools might have in this context, Sears' athletes are heavily subsidized by taxpayers (an advantage unavailable at present to private schools).

I have a proposal for Mr. Sears: if you lobby against your huge advantage, I'll pay attention to your concerns about your disadvantages.


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