The Ohio High School Athletic Association voted down the third attempt of competitive balance of high school sports in the state.
The referendum failed by 19 votes, 327-308, in voting conducted by high school principals in a two-week period that ended on Wednesday. The OHSAA said 164 members did not vote, 27 sent their votes in late and four were considered invalid.
The main body of the referendum would have been a separation of private and public schools in state playoffs. It also would have added a "multiplier" to schools who bring in students from areas outside their school district.
Another chance at competitive balance could come next year in a refined referendum.
Also, the OHSAA approved a referendum to reduce the time period a student who transfers must sit out from one year to six months.