Tennessee approves split of public, private schools

March 16, 2018 / Athletic AdministrationCoaching
Tennessee’s athletic association this week approved a total split between public and private high schools that will go into effect beginning with the 2019-20 school year. 

The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association’s (TSSAA) legislative council unanimously approved the proposal, which aims to create a competitive balance among schools. Public and private institutions can play one another during the season but will have separate postseasons.

From The Tennessean:

“I think it levels the playing field,” said Harding Academy athletic director Kevin Starks, who is a Legislative Council member. “I think the independent schools can do things that public schools can’t do.

“I think with the exception of all (schools) being back together, which seems unlikely to happen again, I think it’s right for independent schools to be together and public and charter schools to be together.”

In Oklahoma, the state athletic association rejected a similar proposal last month. Some coaches there argued that a small number of private schools are winning a disproportionate number of championships.

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