A Nov. 30 letter in The Gazette by Lynn DeDeckert of Marion (“Football playing field is uneven”) notes the domination of Catholic schools in Iowa high school football winning all but one state title in the playoffs. Being from Waukon, our team was sadly the victim of a last-second field goal, losing to Carroll Kuemper.
The letter questions whether the recruitment policies and practices of Catholic schools might be responsible for their dominance. Two factors should be noted.
First, if a scholarship offer of free tuition — the maximum that can be given — should be accepted, it provides the student with no financial advantage, as the public school in his district is also free.
State averages disclose that the tax cost of public high schools is more than $8,000 per student — $2,600 from property taxes and $5,400 from the state. Because the seven Catholic schools involved in the final playoffs comprise more than 5,000 students, these schools have saved the taxpayers of Iowa more than $40 million.
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