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Ohio High School Athletic Association to vote on proposal to fix imbalance in high school sports
The driving issue behind the proposal is the problem with school boundaries

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REVISED: The board that governs high school sports in Ohio is expected to announce in two weeks the results of a vote on a new plan that proponents say will make it easier for public schools to compete with private schools.

Right now, Ohio high schools compete in five divisions based solely on their enrollment.  The new proposal would take into account three other factors including from how wide an area a school draws its students.  Based on those factors,  some smaller schools could move into bigger – and more challenging – division. .

Beacon Journal columnist Bob Dyer has written extensively about private schools dominating the state playoffs .

Dyer on high school athletics

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But Dyer thinks the new Ohio High School Athletic Association proposal won’t address one of the biggest problems. Students in the largest division, Division I, would have no division to move up to. Dyer has advocated simply having separate playoffs for public and private schools. 

The OHSAA plan would apply to eight sports, and take effect in the 2012-13 school year.


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