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Canceling Fall Sports Not On Meeting Agenda, Education Commissioner Says

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Kentucky's top education official says the state education board will not be considering canceling high school sports seasons at its special meeting on Friday.

Interim Commissioner Kevin Brown is clarifying that this week's special meeting is not a signal that board will overturn a decision allowing high school fall sports seasons to move ahead. But in a statement, Brown wrote that the board may send a letter to the Kentucky High School Athletics Association "voicing concerns about high-contact fall sports."

Earlier this week, Gov. Andy Beshear announced his administration would not overrule a KHSAA decision permitting fall sports to begin as scheduled.

"We also have to keep our regulations and restrictions in a certain area that people are willing to live with," Beshear said Monday.

But the governor and the state's leading health official expressed strong reservations, especially with regard to football and other high-contact sports.

Those worries could be echoed by the KBE. While Education Commissioner Brown said the KHSAA's authority will be respected, but the board still has a "moral obligation to review matters that could affect the health and safety of students."

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