School choice supporters, jump up and down! Athletic supporters... well, do what feels comfortable.
This spring, thirty South Dakota schools pushed an amendment to state high school activity association rules that would have required open enrolling students to sacrifice their eligibility for varsity sports for a full year. The SDSHAA has counted ballots and says 58% of schools backed this measure. However, an amendment to SDHSAA by-laws require 60% approval, so the rules stay the same. Families seeking the best education for their children thus avoid a further restriction on their legal right to seek the best educational opportunities for their kids.
This proposal and vote suggest that a lot South Dakota school administrators spend far too much time fretting about sports and their varsity teams' records, not to mention trying to interfere with parents' choices. Instead of trying to rig the system to punish "their" top athletes (again, schools don't own kids) and any other students who for whatever reason may choose a different school, administrators should focus on assembling such a stupendous team of educators and such a rich, enlightening, and challenging curriculum that no residents in their right minds would think of jumping to another school just to chase something so piddlingly ephemeral as a state trophy.