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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: March 15, 2019 09:25 AM
From: Senator Gene Yaw
To: All Senate members
Subject: Separating PIAA Sports Playoffs for Public, Private Schools
In the near future, I will be introducing legislation separating sports playoffs between traditional public schools (boundary schools) and private, parochial and charter schools (non-boundary schools). Under my legislation, boundary schools are defined as school districts which are governed by a board of school directors duly elected pursuant to the Public School Code of 1949 and the Pennsylvania Election Code.

This change addresses the competitive imbalance and unfairness which results from the ability of non-boundary schools to enroll students from anywhere in the state as well as from out of state. Boundary schools, on the other hand, are limited to students within the municipal boundaries of the school district.

While the PIAA has been aware of the inequities in its current system and undertaken some attempts to put fairness into its competition and playoffs systems, more needs to be done immediately.

Introduced as SB573