The private versus public school debate will linger on. At least in the state of Tennessee.
The Legislative Council of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association voted 7-2 Wednesday to table a proposal to divide the public and private schools.
According to the The Tennessean
, the proposal called for all private schools in all sports to compete in a specific division — Division II — one that was created 17 years ago for schools that give financial assistance to those in need. Since 1997, private schools that don't give financial assistance often compete in Division I.
Lewis County athletic director Mike Tatum told the paper that 84 percent of schools in District support a split due to dominance on the field by the private schools.
We hear that often in many states, especially in California.
Despite the vote, Tatum seemed undeterred to change things.
"I certainly don't think it's over," he told Tennessean.com. "I know I'm having pressure already, getting calls asking me to not back off, to keep doing what needs to be done. I want the level playing field, and that's what my constituents are saying."
Another vote may come in December.
TSSAA executive director Bernard Childress said, "We're not going to hurry. We're going to do this right."