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Open enrollment and athletic eligibility


Fri, Jul 14th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

An Associated Press story that ran in quite a few Minnesota dailies last week caught my attention. According to the article, the Minnesota State High School League has reacted to complaints of abuses of the state’s open enrollment rules by appointing an ad hoc committee of parents, coaches and administrators to study the issue.

MSHSL executive director David Stead said the league’s executive board voted last month to create the committee, which will begin meeting in August and is scheduled to present its recommendations to the MSHSL board by the end of the year.

The committee is expected to recommend restricting students’ ability to transfer between schools without losing any athletic eligibility. If it does, it would be following Wisconsin’s lead on the transfer issue.

In April, Wisconsin’s high school governing body voted 269-76 to enact stricter transfer rules. Starting with the 2007-08 school year any student who has finished his or her sophomore year will have to sit out one calendar year of athletic competition and practice if he or she transfers to another high school, with a few exceptions.

The new MSHSL committee may be considering similar changes. Currently, the first time a Minnesota athlete changes schools there is no loss of eligibility, providing it is done at the start of the school year. But a student can only open enroll to another school district once in his or her high school career and remain eligible for MSHSL athletics.

Whether you agree or disagree with Minnesota’s open enrollment policy, which has been on the books since former Gov. Rudy Perpich introduced it in 1987, many coaches, athletic directors and school officials feel the system has been abused. Over 10,000 students in grades 9-12 have opened enrolled to other school districts in just the past three years. And how many of those students actually open enrolled to another school district for educational reasons? The Department of Education does not survey those who open enroll to find out why, but some school administrators feel the majority of the students who do open enroll, do so for other reasons.

According to Ted Blaesing, superintendent of White Bear Lake schools and president of the Minnesota Association of School Administrators, a good portion of those transfers are the results of student-athletes acting like free agents. White Bear Lake athletic director Lee Alger stated that some coaches are actually going into the l .....
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A chicken in every pot

Fri, Jul 7th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

Governor Tim Pawlenty, fresh from his Republican endorsement as a candidate for a second term to lead the state, proposed back in June to offer free tuition for the first two years to the top 25 percent of Minnesota’s high school graduating class at ..... 
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Friendship is fading

Fri, Jun 30th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

A “friend,” according to the American Heritage Dictionary, is “a person whom one knows, likes and trusts; a favored companion; one with whom one is allied in a struggle or cause; a comrade; one who supports, sympathizes with or patronizes.”

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The World Cup is the real Super Bowl of fútbol

Fri, Jun 23rd, 2006
Posted in Commentary

Every four years the countries of the world get together to see which nation has the best soccer team. They call it the World Cup. Brazil won in 1994 and again in 2002. France won it in 1998. This year, Brazil is picked to lead the pack, but I have m ..... 
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“Necessity” is the argument of tyrants

Fri, Jun 16th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

For as in absolute governments the King is law, so in free countries the law ought to be King: and there ought to be no other.  Thomas Paine     This Congress has been missing ..... 
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We all need to pay our fair share for services

Fri, Jun 16th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

I am writing in response to Rushford Village Clerk, Judy Graham’s letter in the Tri-County Record last week and to articles in the Fillmore County Journal regarding the tri-city (City and Village of Rushford and Peterson) meetings.    ..... 
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The War on Queers

Fri, Jun 9th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

It is the War on Queers clear and simple. Sounds ugly doesn’t it, in a white supremacist kind of way, with all of its shaved-head, boot-stomping racism. And if I have made you angry by using the pejorative, queer, then good. You and everyone in this ..... 
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In search of the historical Jesus

Fri, Jun 2nd, 2006
Posted in Commentary

In his commentary, “‘The Da Vinci Code’ and the Deity of Christ,” Mike Hopper attempts to prove that Jesus was divine, contrary to what Dan Brown implies in his book. However, Mr. Hopper fails to make his case.  First of all, ..... 
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“Da Vinci Code” and the Deity of Christ

Fri, May 26th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

The Da Vinci Code–fact or fiction? Since 2003, The Da Vinci Code has sold over 40 million copies, and a motion picture recently debuted. Let’s consider what the Da Vinci Code book presents in light of historical facts.

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