The Louisiana High School Athletic Association is a private organizations. A private organization that governs public-school (and private) athletics in the state. The group sued the state in 2010 after the state had the temerity to audit the LHSAA amid accusations that a former commissioner personally benefitted financially from LHSAA funds. The Louisiana Supreme Court in a recent ruling affirmed the group’s status as private, reversing a 1981 state high court ruling.

But the law of unintended consequences is at play here: Eight employees of the LHSAA including its current executive director are enrolled in the Teachers’ Retirement System of Louisiana. Private employees in a public retirement plan. So, a Republican state rep from Shreveport has filed a bill to boot them from the retirement system, telling The Advocate, “They won the lawsuit. They said they are private in every way.”

That nugget about the LHSAA and its employee retirement plans is near the bottom of an Advocate article reporting on plans by state lawmakers to review a recent vote by the LHSAA to separate public and private schools for state football playoffs. The lawmakers, many if not most of whom we might presume have children in private schools, don’t like the ruling and want to jaw about it on the public dime.

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