Dateline Alabama, Birmingham, Alabama, 12 April 2007, Panel mulls letting home-schoolers play sports in public schoolsThe Senate Education Committee heard public comments Wednesday on a bill that would allow home-schoolers to participate in extracurricular activities like athletics and band at public schools.
State Superintendent of Education Joe Morton said the current rules of only allowing full-time public students to participate in extracurricular activities are “very fair.”
“Public school students have a lot of things they have to adhere to like ‘no pass, no play.’ How do you apply that to a home-schooled child who is educated by mom or dad or a tutor?” he said in an interview. “That’s just the tip of the iceberg of 9,999 questions that public schools and coaches and assistant coaches would have. We wouldn’t have to have any questions if the student would just enroll (in public school) full-time.”
You wouldn’t have any questions either, if sports were divorced from schools and opened to all the kids in the community. Are the sports for the kids, or are the sports for the school’s P.R.?
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