Should Homeschoolers Play Sports at Public Schools?
Homeschoolers in Kentucky may be able to cheer on their children on the fields and courts of their local public schools next year.
According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, State Rep. Stan Lee recently pre-filed a bill for the 2015 legislative session that would allow homeschool students to try out for middle and high school-based sports teams. Lee’s bill would also permit students at private schools that don’t offer athletics to participate.
The Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) has resisted similar bills in the past but isn't opposed to Lee’s proposal so far. Officials simply want to make sure that any change to the law would be “competitively fair” for all students.
A homeschool dad, Lee pointed out that parents of homeschooled children and public school children all pay the same taxes.
While state laws concerning participation of homeschool students in public school activities vary by state, some states have recently adopted Tim Tebow Bills, which grant homeschool students the right to try out for band, football, music, theater, and more at the public school within their district of residence. A former NFL quarterback, Tebow is currently an SEC Network analyst and Good Morning America contributor who continues to advocate for athletic equality for homeschoolers.
What do you think? Should homeschoolers play sports at public schools?