High school transfer rule under fire by legislators

Published: Thursday, May 20 2010 12:00 a.m. MDT

"If there is a divorce that occurs, that's none of your business," Wimmer said. "I find this to be an extremely draconian rule. None of those (exceptions) are any of your business."

Larry Shumway, superintendent of the State Board of Education, cautioned the committee about relying on a few anecdotes instead of those who've worked on the issue for decades.

He also suggested that the role of high school sports has changed from a time when kids felt a loyalty to a certain community and school.

"Who would think that someone who went to West would ever consider playing for East?" Shumway said. "The stakes have become so much higher. The original purposes of it have been lost. Be careful in substituting your judgment for the judgment of these people. They deal with this day in and day out, and they've sat through these hearings. I just want to sound a cautionary note."

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