Sen. Yaw Sponsors Senate Measure Separating PIAA Sports Playoffs

HARRISBURG – Legislation separating sports playoffs between traditional public schools (boundary schools) and private, parochial and charter schools (non-boundary schools) will soon be introduced in the Pennsylvania state Senate, according to Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23).

Senator Yaw, who will be introducing the measure, indicated that this change will address 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 are limited to students within the municipal boundaries of the school district.  Under the bill, boundary schools would be defined as school districts that are governed by a board of school directors duly elected pursuant to the Public School Code of 1949 and the Pennsylvania Election Code.

“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,” according to Yaw.  “It’s a matter of fairness.”

The Senator noted a similar proposal is also pending in the House of Representatives. 


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