Prep football playoffs face legislative scrutiny

BATON ROUGE (AP) — The Legislature is looking into the Louisiana High School Athletic Association's decision to separate public

school football playoffs from those held by other schools — including magnet and charter schools.

The Advocate reported that a special joint Senate-House committee will review the league's decision

to scrap a system that has been in place for more than 90 years.

Principals voted 206-119 on Jan. 25 to have

five football championships strictly for public school teams, with two

other divisions

for private and parochial schools, magnet, charter, laboratory

schools and others.

They will include longtime powers John Curtis High School of River Ridge and Evangel Christian Academy of Shreveport.

Backers say private schools can recruit top players, getting an unfair advantage.

Opponents say the split stems from resentment over successful programs.