PIAA trying to restrict charter schools

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By Matt Breen

Dan Jackson, boys’ basketball coach at Math, Civics and Sciences Charter School, said he was outraged Tuesday when his school’s athletic director showed him a post on Twitter.

This was not anything he or athletic director Lonnie Diggs had talked about. Jackson said they were blindsided.

The news had spread quickly from Harrisburg. The PIAA, the state’s governing body of high school sports, wants to limit charter schools’ use of city players.

Robert Lombardi, the PIAA’s executive director, proposed legislation that would require charter-school students to play their sports at neighborhood public schools. A student could play for a charter school only if that sport was not offered by a neighborhood school, according to the proposal. Most, if not all, sports offered by a charter school are already offered by neighborhood schools.

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