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ERIC Number: EJ1005902
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1097-9638
Responses from the Field
McGrath, Richard J.; Tulchinsky, Nan
Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice, v10 n4 p433-435 Jun 2007
This paper presents responses from Richard J. McGrath, O.S.A., and Nan Tulchinsky to an article by John James entitled "How Much Does a Private School Student Count? A Critical Analysis of the Athletic Multiplier." McGrath shares that their principal heads the group of Catholic school leaders who fought the multiplier in Illinois by suing the Illinois High School Association (IHSA). The multiplier was set at 1.65 by the Legislative Commission of the Association. They fought the multiplier in court in Cook County, Illinois. The arbitrated consent agreement mandated that the multiplier go to the full membership for a vote. The multiplier passed overwhelmingly and was imposed for the school year 2006-2007. He says their experience with the IHSA has been one of frustration and growing aggravation. It is not feasible for the private schools in Illinois to form a separate association for athletic competition or to conduct tournaments for state championships. They understand that state associations are voluntary organizations and are therefore able to create rules and regulations which may be voted upon by the membership. James' article has informed everyone that many states, not just Illinois, have experimented with or implemented the multiplier. In her response, Tulchinsky points out that few of the multipliers reviewed by James have been based on what should be taken into account: the economic background of the student population. She posits that by using a multiplier determined by the number of families receiving free or reduced lunch, issues of equity would be addressed more directly. There is no question that "success builds success" as James strongly reasserts. That reality extends to beyond the playing field, and only by assuring equity of access and resources, can the playing fields of the nation be leveled.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois