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by on May.09, 2011, under Uncategorized

As you may or may not know, private schools are proposing a change to Texas state law allowing private schools (who can recruit and choose their athletes) to compete on the same level as public schools.  The Texas Senate has already passed the law and it now moves to the house.

The Texas High School Coaches Association feels that this gives private schools an overwhelming advantage.  To find out more information and ways to contact your representative, please continue reading.


Private School Bill Has Been Passed by the Senate and Will Now Move to the House for Consideration

We need your help to contact your state representatives to show a strong opposition to opening the U.I.L. membership to private schools!

S.B. 1214, by Patrick and H.B. 2322, by Garza are companion bills relating to allowing participation of private schools in U.I.L. sponsored activities. S.B. 1214 passed out of the Senate last Friday, May 6th and is headed to the House of Representatives. It is of extreme importance for all of our coaches to ­IMMEDIATELY contact their state representative in the House as well as the representatives on the Public Education Committee, the speaker of the House (Joe Straus) and the representatives on the Calendars Committee (see lists below). We also need to get the parents in our communities, as well as friends of athletics and all extra-curricular activities, to help in our efforts to voice opposition to S.B. 1214 and H.B. 2322.

We are asking each of you to use the following bullet points and contact your representatives to express your opposition to both S.B. 1214 and H.B. 2322.


Note we have a hard time reaching many people through the e-mail filters;
please forward this even if you think a colleague may have already received it!

Bullet points in opposition to Private School Membership in all U.I.L. Activities:

  • Private schools must recruit to exist. (Impossible to comply with recruiting rules because recruiting is critical to their very existence.)
  • Private schools do not have to admit all children. (Public schools are required to take all comers; private schools are able to create a select environment.)
  • Private schools do not comply with parent residence boundaries whereas public schools must. (How do you solve the issue of boundaries with private schools?)
  • Academic standards are not mandated by statute, while public schools are heavily regulated.
  • Private schools control the number of students who attend and would control their U.I.L. classification, while a public school cannot. (The smaller the classification the greater the impact of private schools.)
  • Private schools have an unfair competitive advantage in that they have a unique situation — they can establish a select environment.

I am writing to ask for your help!

It is imperative that we contact our State Representatives and strongly oppose opening the U.I.L. membership to private schools.

Many have asked, “What can I do to help”? There are two things you can do.


First, you need to contact your State Legislators. We have tried to make it as easy as we can for you. AssistantCoach Systems has donated a website tool to make it easy for anyone in Texas to send emails to their State Representative. We urge you to go to this website now and spend 2 minutes to add your name to the list of those who oppose the legislation. You can get to this tool by clicking HERE!!! This website also allows you to view the bill and it’s impact.


You can also act by calling your Representative and/or sending a handwritten note. We have provided a list of the Senate Education Committee and House Committee on Public Education below. You can also click on the links below or visit the THSCA website for a complete list of Representatives and their contact information.


Lastly, we need to bring this Legislation to the attention of as many people as we possibly can and encourage them to contact their Legislators. Please forward this email to all friends of high school athletics and encourage them to voice their opinions.

It is critical to act immediately, the quicker that you respond, the better!

Speaker of the House: Joe Straus III (San Antonio) 512/463-1000

House Calendars Committee: For a complete list of Representatives & Contact Info CLICK HERE!

Chair: Rep. Todd Hunter (Corpus Chrisit) 512/463-0672

Vice Chair: Rep. Dennis Bonnen (Angleton) 512/463-0564

Rep. Dan Branch (Dallas) 512/463-0367

Rep. Garnet Coleman (Houston) 512/463-0524

Rep. Byron Cook (Corsicana) 512/463-0730

Rep. Charlie Geren (Fort Worth) 512/463-0610

Rep. Jim Keffer (Eastland) 512/463-0656

Rep. Tracy O. King (Batesville) 512/463-0194

Rep. Lois W. Kolkhorst (Brenham) 512/463-0600

Rep. Eddie Lucio III (Brownsville) 512/463-0606

Rep. Allan Ritter (Nederland) 512/463-0706

Rep. Eddie Rodriguez (Austin) 512/463-0674

Rep. Burt R. Solomons (Carrollton) 512/463-0478

Rep. Vicki Truitt (Keller) 512/463-0690

Rep. John Zerwas (Richmond) 512/463-0657


For a complete list of Representatives & Contact Info CLICK HERE!

Chair: Rep. Rob Eissler (The Woodlands) 512/463-0797

Vice Chair: Rep. Scott Hochberg (Houston) 512/463-0492

Rep. Alma Allen (Houston) 512/463-0744

Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock (Killeen) 512/463-0684

Rep. Harold V. Dutton, Jr. (Houston) 512/463-0510

Rep. Ryan Guillen (Rio Grande City) 512/463-0416

Rep. Dan Huberty (Houston) 512/463-0520

Rep. Mark Shelton (Fort Worth) 512/463-0608

Rep. Todd Smith (Euless) 512/463-0522

Rep. Mark Strama (Austin) 512/463-0821

Rep. Randy Webber (Pearland) 512/463-0707


To Find out who your State Representative is CLICK HERE!

To Access the Texas Legislature Online visit –

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