Memphis’ Commercial Appeal reports on a bill: Unanimous: Bill allowing home school students to play public school sports passes Tennessee Senate By Richard Locker
The bill, which won approval 31-0 on the Senate floor Monday night, would not guarantee home schoolers a spot on teams but would give them the opportunity to try out for teams as regularly enrolled students. They must also meet the same health, academic and conduct standards required of other participants. The bill is set for House subcommittee review.
State policies seem to be similar across the country. A private entity is allowed “governing authority” for many extra-curricular public school activities. In Tennessee, that group is the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association, which adopted a policy giving local schools authority to allow (or disallow) homeschoolers’ participation in these public school activities.