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OSSAA's power too broad, says Oklahoma lawmaker

Published: September 16, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Republican legislator says he's concerned the group that supervises high school athletics in Oklahoma 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 on Tuesday during a legislative study on the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association.

The OSSAA is a private nonprofit that oversees extracurricular 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.