New Jersey splits publics and non-publics

La Mirada football heat

by Jeff Fisher

It’s being called a landmark vote.

Monday, members of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association voted 215-to-128 to split the state’s non-public football teams from its public ones.  The proposal, which still must be reviewed and approved by the state commissioner of education, would remove all non-public schools from  their current conferences for football only and force them to create a statewide conference of their own that would include full schedules.

A similar proposal was approved by the general membership in 2008, but was overturned a month later by the commissioner of education at that time.

If the proposal is approved by the current commissioner David Hespe, the new alignment would take effect for the 2016-17 school year.

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Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.

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