Assembly Bill 2722: Requires Boards of Education to Permit Homeschoolers to Participate in Public School Sports

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Last Updated: October 13, 2016
Assembly Bill 2722: Requires Boards of Education to Permit Homeschoolers to Participate in Public School Sports
Sponsors:
Assemblyman Jay Webber
Summary:

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.

HSLDA's Position:
Oppose.

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.

Action Requested:
None at this time
Status:

2/8/2016 Introduced, Referred to Assembly Education Committee

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