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Pawlenty Voices Oposition To New High School Eligibility Rule

A new law for high school sports revoking the eligibility of students who transfer schools received some stiff criticism on Tuesday when Gov. Tim Pawlenty raised his concerns about the rule.

The story ran in the Star Tribune and was written by Brian Bakst of the Associated Press. The story reported that both the Minnesota House of Representatives and Senate have initiated measures to curtail the advancement of the new Minnesota State High School law. The story reported that the law would take affect in the fall of 2007 and would make any student who transfers schools without leaving their home address ineligible for one year of varsity competition.

Last week, the league's assembly voted unanimously to require students who transfer schools without changing their home address to sit out of varsity athletic competition for one year. The goal was to curb the type of recruiting more commonly associated with collegiate sports.

The story also reported that Pawlenty’s main goal was to make students as comfortable with their school as possible and to make every students experience as equitable as possible.

"A lot of kids who are academically interested or motivated to move schools or school districts also happen to be in extracurricular activities," Pawlenty said. "You don't want to punish them."

The same story ran in the Pioneer Press. The story was exactly the same. This fact was very distressing because it meant that neither of the two local daily papers wrote their own version of the story. They simply let the Associated Press, a foreign news service, write their story for them. I thought that this was particularly distressing because no one directly involved with the community was responsible for producing this story.

Other than the lack of community involvement of the Associated Press and its dispassionate feel of the story, the story was pretty good. I enjoyed the use of quotes and the variety of sources used in the story. I thought that the length of the story was very appropriate. It was very depressing to see both local papers outsource their stories to the Associated Press.