State lawmakers debate a return to one class basketball PDF Print E-mail

Every few years a politicians tries to force the hand of the Indiana High School Athletic Association by passing legislation. 
Mike Delph of Carmel has instituted a bill that not only call for the IHSAA to return to a single class system in basketball, but also deals with other educational matters.
If the bill passed, it would  also prohibited school systems from starting the school year until after Labor Day and force schools to teach cursive writing.
It’s unlikely the bill will be passed as most elected officials think educational matters should be left to the school systems.
One of those is District 73 State Representative Steve Davission.
“I think it is in the best interest of government to stay out of that debate,” he said of class basketball. “The IHSAA can make that call.
“Personally, I think class sports is the best thing that has happened to high school sports in a long time. It gives more atheletes the opportunity to participate on the big stage and allows smaller schools to be competetive with with schools of their own size.”
IHSAA Commissioner Bobby Cox agreed. He said in an article that appeared last week in the Louisville Courier Journal that it’s just an examble of big government.
He said the IHSAA and the member schools should be the only ones deciding those type of matters.
Davisson said if any changes are made he things that the champions of each class should play one another to determine a true champion.
“Not only would it determine the best team in the state, it would also be an additional revenue generator for the schools and ISHAA,” he said.
As far as the other aspects of the bill, Davisson said he is split over the school start date and the teaching of  cursive writing.
“Local schools should be able to determine their own start date and ending dates,” he said. “Some rural schools that are in areas with bad weather need to build days into their schedules for the school closings. Starting after Labor Day would make it difficult for schools to get their required days in without extending well into the summer vacation period.”
On the issue of cursive writing, Davisson agrees with Delph.
“I do think cursive writing is important and would like to see it retained in our school curriculum. If our children don’t learn to write and read cursive, it could lead to problems signing checks and legal documents that require signatures.
“We will end up creating a generation that will not be able to communicate without technology.”
The State Senate Education Committee had a three hour meeting on the propossed bill.