Bill would change home-schooled students’ access to activities, 24 January 2008, Daily Herald, Provo, Utah
The Eagle Mountain senator [Mark Madsen] defended his bill on Thursday in the Sentant’s Education Committee, arguing against the charge that parents would home school their children for the sole purpose of being able to hide academic progress while still getting them into sports.
But the eligibility question wouldn’t go away on Thursday from both sides of the aisle. Sens. Patricia Jones and Ross Romero, both D-Salt Salt (sic) Lake City, said they are willing to support a bill if it includes third party tracking of academics. Sen. Howard Stephenson, R-Draper, agreed. The bill will be held in committee until changes can be made.
The bill passed the committee unanimously and goes to the Senate floor for debate.
S.B. 37 Home School and Extra Curricular Activities Amendments — Madsen, M.
Drafting Attorney: Dee S Larsen
Fiscal Analyst: Ben Leishman
Recommended By: Education Interim Committee
Last Action: 24 January 2008, Senate Comm – Held
Last Location: Senate Education Committee
Bill Status/Votes Last Updated: 25 January 2008, 10:32 AM
The Education Interim Committee recommended this bill.
This bill modifies procedures for exempting minors who are home schooled from attendance at a public or private school and addresses private school and home school students’ eligibility to participate in extracurricular activities.
requires a local school board to issue a certificate excusing a minor from attendance within 30 days of receipt of a signed affidavit stating that the minor will attend a home school;
provides that a minor who is enrolled in a private school or a home school shall be eligible to participate in extracurricular activities at a public school;
provides that, with certain exceptions, a private school or a home school student may only participate in extracurricular activities at the public school within whose boundaries the student’s custodial parent or legal guardian resides or a public school from which the student withdrew; and
provides that, with certain exceptions, private school students and home school students shall be eligible for extracurricular activities at a public school consistent with eligibility standards for fully enrolled public school students.
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