The Jeffersonian: Politicks, Sports, and Culture

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

I Don't Understand

Since when does moving students around to drop a local high school from 5A to 4A classification constitute front page, top of the fold news?

The North East Independent School District today will ask the UIL to add about 450 students from a magnet school to Lee High School's enrollment, moving the San Antonio school back to Class 5A for the next school year, NEISD Superintendent Richard Middleton said Monday.

In what the University Interscholastic League said was an unprecedented move, the International School of the Americas, which is part of the Lee campus, was excluded from Lee's enrollment. The numbers dropped Lee to 4A for the 2006-07 and 2007-08 school years as part of last week's biennial district realignment by the UIL, which governs extracurricular activities in Texas public schools.

ISA students who compete on Lee teams would not have been ineligible for Lee athletics and extracurricular activities beginning in the 2006-07 school year because of the move.

Middleton said he would send appeals to both the 4A and 5A district committees today to add ISA back to Lee's enrollment, putting Lee back in the UIL's largest classification. The UIL is scheduled to meet Feb. 20 to discuss any appeals.

Why isn't this on the sports page?

I understand that the parents of Lee and ISA High School athletes might be concerned about this drop, but why should the rest of us fret over this matter? Is it because the NEISD leadership decided to make this move so that Lee would be more competitive in their sports program without consulting parents? Even so I still don't understand what makes this front page news.

These sort of newspaper decisions blow me away.