senate Bill S1715
(D, WF) 31st Senate District
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
Prohibits school districts from disallowing homeschooled students from participating in district interscholastic sports.
TITLE OF BILL:
to amend the education law, in relation to prohibiting school districts
from disallowing home-schooled
students from participating in district
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
To allow home-schooled students to participate in interscholastic
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1 amends the education law by adding a new section 1501-d,
which prohibits school districts from disallowing home-schooled
students from participating in the district's interscholastic sports,
and requires districts to make provision for such participation.
Section 2 provides that the act shall take effect immediately.
Currently, home-schooled students may be prohibited from participating
in interscholastic sports even though they are entitled to attend the
schools that have the sport. It is fundamentally unfair to prohibit
home-schooled students from participating in an important aspect of
childhood development merely because their parents or guardians
choose to home school them. The students have every right to attend
the school, and there is no reduction is school taxes for parents or
guardians who home-school their children, so there is no legitimate
reason to prohibit home-schooled students from participating in
interscholastic sports within the district. In fact, not all
districts have such a prohibition, but this bill is necessary because
some districts do have such a prohibition.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the state.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
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