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Leveling the field between private and public school sports
Akron Beacon Journal columnist Bob Dyer talks about the Ohio High School Athletic Association's draft plan
by WKSU's AMANDA RABINOWITZ


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Although only 8 percent of the state's high school students attend private schools, those schools account for 65 percent of the 20 schools with the most state championships.
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The group that governs high school sports has released a complex draft of how it plans to even the playing field between private and public schools.
Private schools consistently win most sports titles even though the number of Ohio students attending private schools is less than 10 percent.  Akron Beacon Journal columnist Bob Dyer has been writing about the subject for years and talks about what's good and what's flawed in the plan. 
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Beacon Journal: Dyer on high school playoff imbalance

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Consideration should be given to establishing a limit on athletic scholarships to private schools (which may be disguised as financial aid to poor students). If a private school is able to eliminate the tuition charge as a factor in selection, the school is able to poach the best athletes from outside their own district and normal catchment area. This does a disservice to their own traditional students, who may find themselves on the bench or unable to make the team, as well as to the public school community which loses the students who might emerge as leaders in their own communities.


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