Maryland keeps ban against home-schoolers in face of lawsuit
By Sal Ruibal, USA TODAY June 7, 2005
The executive director of the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association has drawn a line, and he’s not about to let home-schooled athletes cross it.
Although the MPSSAA is being sued over the issue, Ned Sparks is adamant that students not enrolled in school be banned from playing in athletic events involving schools governed by the association.
A group of parents recently filed suit in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, claiming the association discriminated against their home-schooled children by not allowing them to compete as members of the Progressive Christian School in wrestling events against teams from Maryland public schools.
"Our regulations say our schools can only play against school teams," Sparks says. "In the wrestling case, that isn’t even a school. It is a group of home-schooled kids. I have nothing against home schooling, but that isn’t a team."
Ann: Sounds like Sparks thinks he owns the definition of "team." Since when do you have to belong to a school to be on a team? Perhaps his association needs to come in to the modern era?
I’ll be watching this develop as a discrimination case. Very interesting.