AAA rejects proposal

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Activities Association has rejected a proposal that could have created separate state playoffs for private schools.

The AAA's governing body voted against the measure Tuesday, but passed a rule limiting transfer eligibility at private schools. The AAA's board had recommended the latter proposal after advising members to oppose the more severe first measure.

In recent years, Arkansas schools have grappled with ways to handle private schools' perceived advantages on the playing field. This year, the Berryville and Harrison districts proposed that schools where varsity athletes can receive need-based financial aid compete for separate championships.

The measure needed a two-thirds vote to pass, but fell short of even a simple majority. The final vote was 114-93.

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