Little Rock’s KTHV 11 posted a video and article on the confusion over a recently passed homeschool extra-curricular (Tim Tebow) law. The new Act goes into effect August 16 and various, interested parties are trying to sort the details out. As posted earlier this month here on News & Commentary – an Arkansas homeschool group asked for more clarification from the state Department of Education.
KTHV reported on the legislative hearing yesterday:
Lawmakers addressing confusion over home-school, extra-curricular activities
“It’s just kind of hit or miss as to what you get if you’re a home schooler. If you’re in Bentonville, you get a pretty good situation. Somewhere else they may say, ‘Well, the law is that you’re supposed to take one academic class if the extracurricular activity is not an academic class.’ They’ll say, ‘The law says one, but we’re going to require three,” explained Jerry Cox, the Family Council president.
KARK 4‘s David Goins also reported on the Hearing and feedback from a homeschooler (also includes a video):
ADE To Provide Guidance for New Home School Sports Law
“The funding for a large sport like football would be almost impossible,” Sharice Beavers says. “So with this law, he would be able to participate in something we would not be able to.”
But the big question Monday for the Education Department, are all the districts following the spirit of the new law and allowing home school students to participate for the coming school year.
It’s a tricky and controversial issue. One gem left for the public schools are extra-curricular activities, such as football and other sports. Some homeschoolers want in on that as the community sports programs dwindle away at the junior high and high school age levels. The question always remains – what (if anything) is given up for that participation?
Read more concerns in Home Education Magazine’s Taking Charge: Why the Question of Homeschoolers’ Playing Public School Sports Affects All Homeschoolers By Larry and Susan Kaseman