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PIAA reaffirms position that public, private playoffs cannot be separated

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Mars Area is reflected in their runner-up trophy after their game against Neumann-Goretti during the PIAA Class AAA boys basketball championship on Friday, March 18, 2016 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. Neumann-Goretti won 99-66.

The PIAA Board of Directors reaffirmed its long-held position that public, charter and private schools cannot be divided into separate playoffs under existing state law.

A group of public school administrators has led a grassroots effort to split so-called boundary and non-boundary schools into separate postseason competitions. They insist that the current competitive landscape is unfair.

The PIAA has consistently countered that separate playoffs are not allowed under state legislation from 1972 , which granted private schools full membership in the PIAA.

A PIAA statement Wednesday said:

“The PIAA Board of Directors, at the recommendation of counsel, concludes and therefore reaffirms that the separation of playoffs with regard to public, charter and private schools is contrary to the publicly documented legislative intent of Act 219 of 1972 .

“The PIAA Board of Directors in conjunction with its many advisory and steering committee groups will continue to study and consider proposals brought forward that may further enhance equity for all member schools within the association.

“To that end, the PIAA Board of Directors recommends that the PA Equity Group, the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference and the Pennsylvania Charter School Coalition attempt to work in unison to find common ground within their respective groups in providing proposals for consideration that are consistent with the intent of Act 219 and further aids in establishment or revision of policies for the betterment of all student-athletes.

“The PIAA Board of Directors looks forward to a continuing dialogue with these and all other constituent groups.”

Chris Harlan is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chris at [email protected] or via Twitter @CHarlan_Trib.

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