Kansas considers home-schooled athletes on public school teams
From the article:
“If a child shows up at the door and says, ‘Gee, I want to play, too,’ this isn’t just an all-comers team,” said Musselman, whose organization represents more than 750 high schools, middle schools and junior highs.
“Eligibility is a status that is earned through a student’s work in school … and those schools are held to very strict standards that member schools are held accountable to,” he said. “What we’re talking about here is a totally different model.”
The measure would allow any student living in a school district to participate in any activities offered by the district, regardless of whether he or she attends a public school full time. It also would allow students to participate for four consecutive school years, up to age 20 and even if the student graduates before the fourth year.
Eligibility and academic standards are always a concern, and both sides have legitimate arguments for whether participation should be allowed. As the article points out, this is a proposal that lacks a tremendous amount of detail, so the bill has to clear many hurdles. But the discussion is beginning.