The Arkansas Blog, via Max Brantley and the Arkansas Times, says this about Arkansas Senator Baker, who introduced Senate Bill 842: “Baker can wave Tim Tebow’s name all he wants, but this is an issue that defies sloganeering.”
Continuing from the AB:
Sen. Gilbert Baker would never require a child to attend a public school. But he does propose to require public school districts to allow home schoolers to play sports and participate in extracurricular activities in the public school districts in which they live. He also doesn’t want to let public school districts join organizations that might set rules against participation by private school or home schooled students.
I expect public school administrators will have objections, as they have across the country. Some districts have consented to home schooler participation, but only where they’ve been given the means to gauge the students’ academic progress. Baker’s bill doesn’t seem to specifically allow for this.
Brantley got a little snarky further on:
If you want to go to public school to play football and band, go to public school. What’s next? Lunch? German? The newspaper? Anything but biology.
Comments are always interesting at the end of these sorts of articles.
Posted by Susan Ryan