Assembly Bill 3430 and Senate Bill 125: Extracurricular Sports Access

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Assembly Bill 3430 and Senate Bill 125: Extracurricular Sports Access
House Senate
Sponsors:
Celeste Riley
Sponsors:
Anthony Bucco and Stephen Orho
Summary:

This bill would give homeschoolers the opportunity to try out for public school sports teams. However, the bill is highly problematic because section 1(c) gives the Department of Education power to create guidelines to determine when home instruction constitutes “equivalent instruction.” The bill attempts to limit the purpose for which such guidelines are to be used.

However, the legislature has never before empowered the Department of Education to define “equivalent instruction” for any purpose whatsoever. If this bill becomes law, it would dramatically increase the Department’s power related to homeschooling.

It is easy to envision that the legislature might soon follow up by empowering the Department to apply its sports-related guidelines to all New Jersey homeschoolers—even those with no interest in public school sports. Or the Department might try to take this additional step without legislative approval, as in the Klagholz era. Allowing non-elected bureaucrats to define homeschooling would be highly detrimental.

Summary:

This bill would give homeschoolers the opportunity to try out for public school sports teams. However, the bill is highly problematic because section 1(c) gives the Department of Education power to create guidelines to determine when home instruction constitutes “equivalent instruction.” The bill attempts to limit the purpose for which such guidelines are to be used.

However, the legislature has never before empowered the Department of Education to define “equivalent instruction” for any purpose whatsoever. If this bill becomes law, it would dramatically increase the Department’s power related to homeschooling.

It is easy to envision that the legislature might soon follow up by empowering the Department to apply its sports-related guidelines to all New Jersey homeschoolers—even those with no interest in public school sports. Or the Department might try to take this additional step without legislative approval, as in the Klagholz era. Allowing non-elected bureaucrats to define homeschooling would be highly detrimental.

Status:

6/23/2014 Introduced, Referred to Assembly Education Committee

Status:

1/14/2014 Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Education Committee
6/9/2014 Reported from Senate Committee with Amendments, 2nd Reading
6/9/2014 Referred to Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee

HSLDA's Position:
Oppose.
HSLDA's Position:
Oppose.

Previously, we we neutral on S 125. However, a recent amendment added section 1(c), which is harmful.

Action Requested:
None at this time
Action Requested:
None at this time

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Senate Bill Text

Senate Bill History