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November 27, 2012

HSLDA Removes Football Obstacle


Scott Woodruff answers questions and assists members with legal issues in Idaho. He and his wife homeschooled their children. Read more >>

A south-central Idaho homeschooler wanted to play football on his local public school team. Even though he was academically eligible to play the previous year while attending public school, the principal rejected his request to play as a homeschooler on the grounds that the young man’s standardized test scores did not show he was academically “proficient.”

HSLDA Senior Counsel Scott A. Woodruff responded to the family’s request for help and wrote the principal. Woodruff explained that “proficient” test scores are not necessary. Under Rule 8.16.1-3 of the Idaho High School Activities Association, only a score in the “average range” is required. The young man’s scores satisfied this stipulation.

After receiving Woodruff’s letter, the principal promptly cleared the young man to play football.

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