Four students from Jefferson City Helias and one student from Kansas City’s St. Pius X are suing Missouri State High School Activities Association. The suit challenges MSHSAA’s so called private-school multiplier, which was implemented in the spring. The rule counts private school students as 1.35 people when determining its enrollment. Ultimately it would force some private schools to move up to a higher athletic classification. MSHSAA says it would level the playing field, claiming that private schools, even though they may be smaller, have an unfair advantage because they’re not limited to just students in their geographical area. The students say being in a larger classifications reduces their chances of making it to end-of-the-season district and state competitions. They say that college recruiters often attend theses events. If they win their suit, it could have an affect on classifications later this year.
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