There’s legislation in Springfield that would ban some private high schools from being subject to a “multiplier” once it’s playoff time. Schools are ranked into classes based on their student population. Private schools are subject to a “multiplier” because they don’t have attendance boundaries. State Sen. Mike Connelly (R-Lisle), who has Benet Academy in his district, has introduced a bill to exempt some private schools, along with charter and magnet schools, from the multiplier – those that you have to be a genius to get into.
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“These schools, it’s hard to get into them, and they’re not recruiting for sports. They’re essentially just very difficult academic institutions to gain admission to, and that’s why the bill is designed that way,” he said.
He mentioned a case in which Cristo Rey, a small, academically demanding Jesuit high school in Chicago, was multiplied into Class AA and lost to public basketball behemoth Marshall 130-30 in the state playoffs in 2006.
Connelly actually hopes not to move this bill, and to have the matter dealt with by the IHSA. He says he has a meeting planned with the executive director in the coming weeks.
He says the bill is aimed at places like the Lab School at the University of Chicago, and he can’t think of any Downstate schools that should be exempt from the multiplier.