Schools that get a significant number of their students from outside their district boundaries could find themselves competing in higher classifications beginning in 2014-15 if a proposal before the Georgia High School Association is passed next week.
The plan, submitted by Lovett, would affect private schools but also public city schools such as sports powers Buford, Gainesville, Cartersville and Calhoun. Also at risk of getting bumped in class are magnet, charter and open-enrollment schools that are more common in larger school systems such as Cobb, DeKalb, Atlanta, Bibb and Muscogee.
The chances of the proposal passing is perhaps unlikely. GHSA executive director Ralph Swearngin calls it impractical to force every school to compile those statistics on their student bodies.
But the proposal remains significant in that a private school is willing to revisit a multiplier after the public-private split in Class A this academic year. It also underscores the growing concern