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Lawmakers upset with two tier system

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The Louisiana legislature could sack the Louisiana High School Athletic Association. At issue is the association's new two tier system. It puts private schools, charter schools and public high schools with selective admissions, like Byrd High School, in a different category. It prevents them from competing against other public schools in Louisiana. Shreveport Representative Alan Seabaugh says at one time the LHSAA was considered quasi-public, meaning there was some state oversight. But in January the Louisiana Supreme Court ruled it was a private group. Because of that, Seabaugh has also filed legislation to kick LHSAA employees out of the state teachers' retirement system. Meanwhile, Bossier Representative Henry Burns has filed a bill that could increase the payout's to teams who compete in the Independence Bowl. The money would come from a 2.5% increase in the Shreveport-Bossier hotel/motel tax. Even if this is approved by the legislature, it still needs the approval of the Bossier and Shreveport city councils, the Caddo Commission and the Bossier Parish Police Jury.

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