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Homeschoolers and Extra Curricular Activities
by Kay Brooks,
Written in response to legislation offered in 2001 as
The debate about whether
homeschoolers should or should be allowed to participate in public
school extra curricular activities is a national debate. You'll find
people on both sides of the fence, and some, like me, straddling it
While I understand the
argument that says homeschoolers pay taxes and as a result have a right
to use the facilities, my biggest concern is at what additional cost?
While the law encompasses "
athletics, music, drama, art and speech" what drives this is the
athletics. And what dictates athletics is the Tennessee Secondary School
Athletic Association (
). This organization so tightly controls high school sports that they've
been sued all the way to the Supreme Court--and lost by the way. This
organization is run primarily by educrats of the public school system.
These folks are not generally enthusiastic about sharing the ball with
homeschoolers who have, in the opinion of some of them, thumbed their
noses at their system and lively-hood.
The TSSAA has some very
strict rules about who can play and how students remain eligible to
play. Grades play a substantial role. How homeschoolers will report
their grades and how much the TSSAA can rely on their accuracy, in
fairness to the public school children is a huge divide to cross.
And how and who crosses that
divide is my concern. I do not want the unintentional consequence of
allowing homeschoolers to participate that we all end up being subject
to additional regulations.
I would prefer that
homeschoolers would avoid legislation in this regard and work in their
communities to encourage community teams and activities which would
include all children, regardless of how they are educated.
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