From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


8/28/2003 2:12:50 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Massachusetts--Barnstable homeschoolers need your help

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

Dear Massachusetts HSLDA members and friends:

A homeschooled student in Barnstable has a gift in golf, but has not
been allowed to play on the local public school team. When a
neighboring district discovered how good this young man was, they
welcomed him on their team, but because homeschoolers cannot "open
enroll" into neighboring districts to play high school sports, he
still was not allowed to play.

HSLDA does not sue school districts to force them to allow
homeschoolers to play on public school teams. However, we do
encourage our member families to get involved whenever their school
board discusses policies that affect home schooling. In this case,
homeschoolers across Massachusetts may have information that can help
the Barnstable School Committee make a wise decision on this issue.

The Barnstable School Committee will be discussing their homeschool
policy on Tuesday, September 2, 2003, at 7 p.m. in the Barnstable
Town Hall Hearing Room on South Street in Hyannis. If you live near
Hyannis and can attend this meeting, please consider doing so. This
will be a rare opportunity to help public school decision makers
understand the impact of their policies.

If you live in a Massachusetts school district that allows
participation by homeschoolers, please let Barnstable know about your
district's experience with homeschool sports. Please limit e-mails to
constructive, factual examples of how homeschool athletics works in
your district. The committee members may be reached at:

Mr. Kevin Harrington, Chairman,
Mr. Patrick Kelleher, Vice-Chairman,
Mr. Ralph Cahoon,
Mr. Gerald Dowling,
Ms. Karen McDonald,

I have written the school committee a letter
(, urging them to either allow
homeschoolers to participate in their district, or to adopt a
resolution calling on the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic
Association (MIAA) to let homeschoolers "open enroll" into districts
that do permit participation. This option, if adopted by the
statewide league, would mean that homeschoolers no longer have to beg
a hostile school committee for favors. Instead, if their district is
not inclined to let homeschoolers play, they can simply go next door
and play for a neighboring district.


Scott Somerville
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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