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High School Notesby: Jamie DeMoney
© May 2001
Privates may vie for championships in Texas
The days of public and private schools competing for separate state championships in Texas might be coming to an end. A bill approved in March by the Texas state Senate would allow private schools with enrollments of over 500 to compete with University Interscholastic League (public) schools for state championships.
Texas is currently one of three states that do not allow private and public schools to compete with each other for district and state championships.
Proponents of the status quo cite the "recruiting issue." In order to keep enrollments up, private schools often seek out student-athletes from across district boundaries. The result is the appearance of traditionally powerful programs stockloading talent out of the backyard of some of their public-school rivals. <....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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