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This bill requires board of education to permit a student who receives equivalent instruction elsewhere than at school and who meets the eligibility requirements for student athletes established by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association to try out for, and participate in, school-sponsored interscholastic athletics in the student’s district of residence in accordance with the same criteria established for students enrolled in the district.
This bill is identical to S1203.
This bill would give the Department of Education the power to create “guidelines” for public schools to use when determining whether an aspiring homeschool athlete could try out for a team. We would not expect those guidelines to be friendly to homeschool families. Since the guidelines would have the authority of state law behind them, we would expect them to be used against homeschool families in many contexts outside the area of sports, despite the language in the bill that attempts to limit their use.
We have asked the sponsors to amend the bill by striking the "guideline" language.
2/8/2016 Introduced, Referred to Assembly Education Committee
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