I'm afraid there are only a limited number of slots. If you give one state another slot you MUST take one away from another state.well we are not taking it away from any state
What does government bail-outs have to do with this. The National Science Olympiad tournment is privately funded. They get NOTHING in the way of government funding!with all the bail-outs the gov. is giving 1/4 mil is not much to them
BECAUSE 50 TEAMS IS ENOUGH AND IT WOULDN'T BE FAIR TO GIVE 1 STATE 3 SLOTS AND NOT THE OTHER 49!well ok but hat doesn't make sense that SO is not gov funded but OK
and why not make more slots for nats?
youd been suggesting it by basically only making arguments for ohio, and pensylvainia.I never saind not every state was going to get more slots and you dont have to be so rude about it
most are, but SO is funded through a part of the budget that isn't state money, the rules for spending state given money are very specific.because I thought that they were part of the school system
For example, that would mean that next year in C division, PA, OH, and CA could bring 3 teams, and CO would get a second team, while GA, MO, ND, and KS would be stripped of their second team.First, I completely agree with Fleet130, the number of teams at Nats is limited by the cost of hosting a National Tournement. It is already expensive and will only become more of a burden on the hosting schools in the future.
I also feel, however, that the distribution by number of participating schools is unfair to those states with more competitive programs.
Therefore, I think the 60 team distribution should be:
47 - (i.e. 1 for each State. Each state should be able to send their champion sorry California, you only get one with this method)
1 for the hosting State ( this may encourage State Directors to push their colleges to spend the money and host the tournement)
12- awarded to the top 12 finishing teams from the previous years National tournement. If a State places 2 teams in the top 12, they get to bring 3 the next year)
This will award the competitive states, give those smaller states a chance of getting additional slots, and provide for an ever changing National representation.
The concern would be if a single state (like OH, PA, NY, MI, etc) were to get 3 teams and all of them placed in the top 12. They would get 4 the next year, could get 5 the next, etc.
While this is highely unlikely, it could happen.
Anyway, while I think this is the best way to distribute the slots, someone would be disappointed....
p.s. since science olympiad is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. they cannot receive any federal money.
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