Okla. legislator says OSSAA's power too broad

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma lawmaker says he's concerned the group that supervises high school athletics statewide has little oversight over its own activities and its $5 million annual operating budget.

Slaughterville Republican Rep. Bobby Cleveland says he plans to raise some of his concerns during a Tuesday legislative study on the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association.

The OSSAA is a private nonprofit that oversees extra-curricular activities for nearly all public schools in Oklahoma grades seven through 12, including the makeup of districts, the playoffs, and student transfers and eligibility. It is governed by a 14-member board of directors composed of school administrators.

Cleveland says that since the group receives public funds indirectly through schools, it should be subject to annual state audits and the Open Meetings and Open Records acts.

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