House Bill 270: Allows the Creation of Home School Sports Teams

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Last Updated: February 14, 2017
House Bill 270: Allows the Creation of Home School Sports Teams
Sponsors:
Representative James R.J. Strickler, Representative Stephanie Garcia Richard, Representative Jimmie C. Hall, Representative Rick Little, Representative Dennis J. Roch, and Representative Alonzo Baldonado
Summary:

This bill would allow a home school team to be formed by “a home school parent, guardian, or other person having custody of a school-age person.” Under the bill, the home school team would be entitled to be a member of any association or organization that regulates a public school activity (i.e. the NMAA). Under the bill, a home school team would have the same rights and privileges as other teams. However, the bill does give authority to the respective association to create rules regarding the home school teams participation.

HSLDA's Position:
Neutral.
Action Requested:
None at this time
Status:

01/27/2017     Introduced
01/27/2017     Referred to House State Government, Indian, & Veteran's Affairs Committee and
                       House Education Committee

Background:

While HSLDA is generally neutral on sports issues, this bill allows homeschool teams to participate on an equal footing with other teams. However, while there are things to like about this bill, there is at least one concern. Under the definition of a home school administrator in this bill, it requires the person to be qualified pursuant to the School Personnel Act. This would mean that the person in charge of the homeschool team would have to be a certified or licensed individual. This will make it much more difficult for home school teams to be formed. Therefore, we are working with CAPE-NM to address the potential problem with the bill and asking the sponsors make it better.

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