Private schools should have there own division in a state tournament
Private schools should have there own division in a state tournament
All across the state of Ohio, hundreds of high school sports teams compete to win the glorious state title. They want to hoist the golden trophy high into the air and be able to call their team the state champions. This, however only happens to one team, for every division in the state of Ohio. In these divisions there are many different schools, public and private, big and small, even coed and same-sex high schools. Throughout the years of OHSAA (Ohio High School Athletic Association), 45% of the state titles have gone to Parochial schools(schools that have a religious base-Catholic). This is because these schools are able to “recruit” their student athletes, they do not have to pay government taxes, and they have higher funds. Therefore, parochial high schools should have their own divisions to compete in during their sport seasons in high school.
In the public school systems there are district lines, this means that based on where you live and where your house is determines where that person can go to school. The size of the division that you play in depends on how many people are living in that district. However, there are no school districts for parochial schools. They solely depend on the amount of “feeder students”. According to Rob Mccurry who wrote an article in the Marion Star, he states that, “ to establish a feeder school where students don't count against the already established enrollment. Tier 1 cases are for public school students who have gone to the school continuously since seventh grade, but reside outside the district. Tier 1 for private schools means the student has gone to the same system of education continuously since seventh grade, but did not attend a designated feeder school.” this allows them to pull students from all over. This however is not the case for public schools. Public schools have a school district, where if you live in it then you go to school there. But there is also open enrollment policies, where you can live outside the district and still go to a different school. But this amount of students is limited. This, on the other hand does not nearly compare to what parochial schools do. All parochial high schools have no guidelines and restrictions to who can attend. It is simply that person’s personal and financial decision to make. This is then taken advantage of when, the school has student athletes coming from all over the state just so they can play for that particular team and attend school there. No public school is allowed to do this, so why is parochial schools? Also in central Ohio, based on where a person lives, they will be recommended what parochial high school they can attend. This somewhat sets a restriction because it is pushing that certain person to attend the certain school. However, not all parochial schools have these restrictions. Only some parochial schools have these limits and guidelines, but not all. So, not only is it unfair towards public schools, but amongst parochial schools there is still unfairness between them who should all be equal! “The public's get their kids from a defined geographic area. The privates can attract from all over a region.”
Another reason why parochial high schools are at a higher advantage than public schools is that they do not have to pay government taxes. Parochial schools are not associated through the government, meaning that they don’t have to pay taxes. Parochial high schools receive funds from the students when they attend the school. According to Donna Fuscaldo, who wrote an article for the Investopedia, she states that, “For a year of private high school is costs $13,030”. Keep in mind that, at these big schools they have many, many students attend. All of this money soon gets turned into new sports equipment, classroom necessities and it allows them to pay their coaches more money. On the other hand, students that attend a public school simply have school supplies, and school fees to pay for. This rounds to be anywhere around $85-$120, depending in what classes you take. On top of that, public schools also have to pay government taxes. So, even with the lower income coming from the students, they still have to pay taxes to the state so they can function as a school. This proves that with all of the money that parochial schools receive and save, they can use to buy more equipment, attend more and higher level out of season camps, and they can pay their coaches more money. This by far, sets a clear advantage for these parochial schools to have more assets and benefits, while public schools are not exposed to them.
This is not trying to exfoliate parochial schools at all, this is to simply inform and to get the point across that this is unfair. Parochial schools should not be able to compete with public schools because the odds are already stacked against them, and the competitive balance is completely tilted and not equal. Everyone just wants a fair game, a fair playing field and all in all people just want healthy competition. The real question is, do you really think that someone that attends a parochial high school is really just that much better than someone who attends a public school. On paper yes, 45% better to be exact. However, the OHSAA is not even giving these athletes the fair shot to test this “theory”. Finally, parochial high schools should just be in there own divisions to compete in. Their level of benefits, assets and advantages should be separated from schools with not as many advantages.
All in all, parochial high schools should have their own divisions to compete in during their sport seasons in high school. Parochial high schools have many different benefits and advantages than regular public schools do. These advantages stack everything against the public schools and take away any fair chance of winning. Many other student athletes should feel the same way and they are encouraged to speak out, go to their school board and, even the state board. Even if someone is not involved in high school sports, they should still understand what is and isn’t fair. Overall, this is a matter that is setting back high school sports and out of season sports, it is a matter that deals with fairness and cooperation of two sides that need to understand what needs to be fixed.
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“How Sending Your Child to Private School Can Save You $53,000.” MONEY.com, Money, money.com/money/3108717/private-school-public-school-costs/.
McCurdy, Rob. “McCurdy: OHSAA's Competitive Balance Is No Joke.” Marion Star, Marion Star, 1 Sept. 2018, www.marionstar.com/story/sports/columnists/2018/09/01/mccurdy-ohsaas-competitive-balance-no-joke/1142544002/
By: Emma Shepherd