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May 18th, 2010, 10:08 AM
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I'm just curious if any of your public schools allow homeschoolers to participate in sports, choir, clubs, etc..?

The homeschoolers in my town have been fighting tooth and nail to be allowed into these activities but the school board keeps saying no.

There have been several public meetings, speeches given by homeschooled teens and their parents, petitions, and lots of local press on the issue but the board won't give in. One of the board members said he is voting NO because he doesn't want to be a pioneer. ??

There has also been a lot of negative public reaction. People in town saying we (homeschoolers) don't deserve to participate- that we made our decision to keep them out of school so we shouldn't be allowed to use the school for anything.
A few have support us since we pay taxes whether we send our kids to school or not.

What do you think? Would you want your kids to participate in public school extracurriculars? Do your schools allow it?
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May 18th, 2010, 10:45 AM
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Our public schools have no choice but to allow it. Pennsylvania passed a law that the school districts have to consider homeschooler's just like they would a public school student.

One thing I think is extremely odd here in Pennsylvania, traditional homeschoolers are allowed to enroll in our Vo-tech program but Cyber schooled children are not allowed to That rule just doesn't make sense to me because the public schools actually get a credit for each cyber schooled child they have in their district. Silly laws...
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May 18th, 2010, 11:49 AM
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we just won the right for cut sports..we've always had it for non-cut sports. Sad to say though the few kids who are now on teams are not having an easy time..the coaches do NOT treat them right.
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May 18th, 2010, 11:52 AM
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I think homeschoolers should absolutely have the right to programs, activities, clubs, and sports... even gym equipment maybe.

We do pay school taxes and isn't the essence of something being "public" mean that it is for PUBLIC (everyone's) use if they so choose?

The PUBLIC library is there for us to use. Just because some people barely ever use it doesn't mean they don't have the RIGHT to use it whenever it's open. The reason it exists is because citizens pay collective taxes to provide for its building and operation.

The same goes for a PUBLIC school. We can send our kids there daily if we want for instruction. We have that right. Just because we decide not to use that right, doesn't mean we have no right to have them participate in sports.

What is the school concerned about? Are they there for the children of the community's education and well-being, or are they out to vengefully isolate children whose parents critique them by not letting them use the school's other programs?

I know of no valid reason they could refuse to allow homeschoolers the right to make use of public school programs as long as the child met reasonable requirements (age, skills required to participate in a club, etc).
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May 18th, 2010, 03:59 PM
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Ours allows participation in everything except UIL competitions.
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May 18th, 2010, 05:46 PM
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Our local sports program is run through Parks & Recreation so everyone in the town is allowed to participate, but your school board and those parents refusing are beyond ridiculous. Do you have groups or co-ops that may offer sporting activities? If there is enough interest could you maybe start a homeschool league? I just signed up my son's and daughter with a Pop Warner football and cheerleading teams since I want my youngest in tackle and not flag football which at his age (5) is all the town offers.
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May 18th, 2010, 08:20 PM
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I'm hoping that he'll take art, music, band and chorus this coming up year.
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May 19th, 2010, 05:29 AM
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All of it started because one teenager wanted to join the school's speech and debate teams. Of course the homeschooling community has come out to support her and ask that they too be able to join teams.
I don't know what the school board is afraid of. Some of these kids that want to join are super talented and will only benefit the school by joining. It's a shame that they can't see that it's the right thing to do. The "I don't want to be a pioneer" is a pitiful excuse in my opinion.
If your schools are accepting homeschoolers on their teams, then I see no reason why ours cannot.
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May 19th, 2010, 07:34 AM
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maryland doesnt allow it, i inquired with the homeschool board (they oversee homeschooler to access their compliance) and she said Izzie could not participate its an all in or all out. i think if they offer testing with the other students then why not art, gym class, etc...
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May 19th, 2010, 07:48 AM
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i'll have to ask around, I am not for sure. I know in our area there are some homeschool sports leagues and choir and band so we will probably just go that route.
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