senate Bill S1715

Prohibits school districts from disallowing homeschooled students from participating in district interscholastic sports

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  • 09 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION

Summary

Prohibits school districts from disallowing homeschooled students from participating in district interscholastic sports.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A6814
Versions:
S1715
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง1501-d, Ed L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S2968
2009-2010: S6350

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BILL NUMBER:S1715

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the education law, in relation to prohibiting school districts
from disallowing home-schooled
students from participating in district
interscholastic
sports

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
To allow home-schooled students to participate in interscholastic
athletics.

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.

JUSTIFICATION:
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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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  1715

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  ESPAILLAT, KENNEDY, LIBOUS, MAZIARZ -- read twice
  and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee
  on Education

AN ACT to amend the education law, in  relation  to  prohibiting  school
  districts  from  disallowing home-schooled students from participating
  in district interscholastic sports

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. The education law is amended by adding a new section 1501-d
to read as follows:
  S  1501-D.  HOMESCHOOLED  STUDENTS; INTERSCHOLASTIC SPORTS.   NOTWITH-
STANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW TO THE CONTRARY, BOARDS OF EDUCATION
OF  SCHOOL  DISTRICTS  ARE  PROHIBITED  FROM  DISALLOWING   HOMESCHOOLED
STUDENTS  FROM  PARTICIPATING  IN THE DISTRICT'S INTERSCHOLASTIC SPORTS,
AND SHALL MAKE PROVISION FOR SUCH PARTICIPATION.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.





 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02993-01-3

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