In 2007, homeschooler participation in Utah high school sports was a topic of discussion.
- Utah homeschooled kids may soon play public school sports, HEM News and Commentary blog
- Utah: public school sports discussion, HEM News and Commentary blog
- Talks continue on home-school, charter-school athletes, Deseret Morning News
The discussion about Utah high school sports continues after a move to take away enforcement power (as I read it) from the Utah High School Activities Association (UHSAA), and then to allow students enrolled with charter schools and private schools, and homeschooled kids, to play on the public school teams.
UHSAA: A question of bill power, 10 January 2008, The Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City, Utah
Like a triple-overtime basketball game, the tussle among the Utah High School Activities Association, powerful state lawmakers and the State Board of Education regarding which group should govern high school sports in Utah seemingly never ends.
State legislators, UHSAA at odds over proposed bill, 10 January 2008, Deseret Morning News, Salt Lake City, Utah
State legislators hoped to give the Utah High School Activities Association more muscle, but UHSAA officials say a proposed bill attempting to have the Utah State School Board absorb the rulemaking and enforcement aspects of the association will essentially destroy the nearly 100-year-old organization.
I think my favorite comment at the Deseret Morning News site was, “… the legislature is just the slave of home school and private school big money lobbyists and parents.” Homeschooling has big money. Who knew?
As it seems to stand right now, high school sports are as big a business as any other large, organized undertaking. High school sports have coaches, qualifying standards, equipment, training facilities, competiton areas, transportation, professional associations, referees, and probably gambling. Gambling just came to mind in connection with sports in general. (Yes, there is gambling on high school sports.)
Because high school sports is big business, there is big money, which is usually accompanied by power and influence. Where you find money, power and influence, you find controversy. I’m guessing we should just get used to it?
posted by Valerie