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Public Hearing on Proposed KSHSAA Classification Rule Postponed until August

TOPEKA – A public hearing before the State Board of Education on proposed changes in the Kansas State High School Activities Association’s classification of high schools has been postponed until August with action on the item slated for September.

The proposed Rule 5 change would apply to Kansas private schools a multiplier formula that inflates their enrollment totals for classification purposes for all school KSHSAA activities. Factors in determining the multiplier include school location, socio-economic status and past championship experience.

Here is a link to the proposed change.

KSHSAA officials have said the proposed multiplier rule is aimed at addressing a disparity in championship success seen by private schools across the state.

During the 2020-21 school year, private schools — which make up 7.9% of the state’s 354 member schools — claimed 29 of the possible 103 state championships (28%) across 23 sports. Throw out the 23 titles claimed in Class 6A, in which there currently are no private schools competing, and the percentage jumps to 36%

The proposal was approved by the KSHSAA Board of Directors in April and later by 61.2 percent of principals and superintendents of members schools. The measure now goes to the State Board of Education and Legislature for consideration. The public hearing before the State Board had been initially scheduled for July 13, but that has been changed to August. More information about the new date and time will be shared at a later date.

Here is a link to an article by KSHSAA that provides comments both for and against the proposal during the board of directors meeting.