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This past Monday the governing board of New Jersey high school athletics met and voted to consign all Catholic high schools into their own segregated conference, effectively preventing them from competing with any public school in football and wrestling.
Because, fairness, or something.
The membership of the state's governing body for high school sports narrowly voted Monday morning to separate public and non-public schools for the sport of football only — a groundbreaking and controversial decision that could forever change the face of New Jersey high school sports.
The vote passed by a majority count of 215-128 with two abstentions.Starting in 2016 and pending approval by the state's education commissioner, New Jersey's non-public schools that play football will be separated into their own statewide conference. The new conference will determine its bylaws, constitution, schedules, divisions and structure.
"Narrowly" in this case is an almost 2-1 majority. What do these blockheads consider to be a blowout? (The vote to split wrestling was 216-121.)
And why would the NJSIAA do this? Because some of the Catholic schools are "too good."
Monday's landmark decision is the result of years of trouble brewing between the state's public and non-public schools. To date, some public schools have been forced to play non-public schools during the regular season, despite having drastically different pools from which they draw students. Public schools have defined, geographic boarders, while non-public schools can accept students from anywhere.
And that's the fault of the Catholic schools how? The fixed geographic borders are a direct result of the teachers union stranglehold on public education. If New Jersey implemented school choice this problem would simply disappear. But school choice takes money and power away from the NJEA, which of course can never be allowed to happen, so the only "solution" is to eliminate the competition.
Smells like anti-Catholic bigotry to me.
Catholic powerhouses like Don Bosco and Seton Hall Prep attract students because their academic and athletic programs are significantly better than those run by the unionistas. And in the union mindset, if you're successful you must be punished.
But the fight isn't over. And at least one Catholic school athletic director has come out swinging. Bishop Ahr's Michael Wolfthal sent an epic email to the "friends" who stabbed him in the back.
In the e-mail, now circulating among Bishop Ahr alumni, Wolfthal writes, "I have been part of this conference since the beginning, having served in many capacities all for naught, (sic) what you showed was a total lack of support and appreciation (sic) this is just not right."
Wolfthal signs off the e-mail by writing, "TO THOSE WHO DID NOT VOTE TO DEFEAT THE LEGISLATION, GO (BLANK) YOURSELVES."
I wanna shake this guy's hand.
Bishop Ahr is no "powerhouse." Their Greater Middlesex Conference football record stands at 20 wins and 30 losses over the past 5 seasons. There are plenty of other small Catholic schools in the same boat.
But too bad, says the NJSIAA. The Catholic kids have to be consigned to a
sports ghetto, prohibited from mixing with the public school kids. Which
sounds an awful lot like what Donald Trump wants to do with Muslims, except
that's "discrimination" and somehow this is "fairness."
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