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The Straight Story Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-22-11 08:03 PM
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VA Subcommittee to address home-schoolers’ access to public school athletics
Subcommittee to address home-schoolers’ access to public school athletics

By Associated Press, Tuesday, November 22, 5:48 AM

RICHMOND, Va. — A legislative subcommittee is considering whether Virginia should allow home-schooled students to participate in public school athletics.

The House of Delegates education subcommittee plans to meet Tuesday to consider ways that home-schooled students can participate in sports. Options could include recommending legislation that would require school divisions to allow home-schoolers to participate if they meet some version of public schools’ academic eligibility requirements.

The Virginia High School League, along with state superintendents and school boards associations, oppose allowing home-schoolers to participate in public school sports.

Republican Del. Rob Bell introduced legislation last year to allow home-schoolers access, but it didn’t survive the full education committee. The subcommittee subsequently was formed to study and develop recommendations on the issue, and Tuesday’s gathering is its third and final meeting.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/subcommittee-to-address-home-schoolers-access-to-public-school-athletics/2011/11/22/gIQAPmqTkN_story.html
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SoCalNative Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-22-11 08:12 PM
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1. No they shouldn't
be allowed to. They want to homeschool? Start their own team at home.
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Cid_B Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-22-11 08:44 PM
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5. Why not?
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SoCalNative Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 06:13 PM
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8. Because they have chosen
Edited on Wed Nov-23-11 06:13 PM by SoCalNative
to not be a part of the public education system.

I'm sorry but they should not be allowed to pick and choose what parts of public education that they want to partake in.
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WillowTree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 07:57 PM
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10. Should they also be prohibited from paying that portion of their taxes that support the schools?
That "can't pick and choose" thing can work both ways, you know.
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SoCalNative Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 08:18 PM
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11. You mean the property taxes
that they probably don't pay in the first place? You only have to look to the likes of the Duggars for such an example.
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Ilsa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 08:37 PM
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13. The Duggars don't pay property taxes? How did they manage that? nt
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Riftaxe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-22-11 08:46 PM
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6. Do homeschoolers get the same tax break
as those without children?

If they are paying for the public schools, why should they be denied access to it's programs?
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SoCalNative Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 06:17 PM
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9. I'll wager that most who homeschool
aren't paying property taxes that pay for schools.

The Duggars are a perfect example of this.
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hughee99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-22-11 08:14 PM
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2. Provided some academic requirements are met,
the students are of the proper age, and they live in the school district, I don't see the problem.
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The Straight Story Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-22-11 08:16 PM
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3. True, they are still paying the taxes to the school
Disclaimer: My daughter is home schooled.
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Philosopher King Donating Member (269 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-22-11 08:43 PM
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4. +1
Not a problem at all...
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williesgirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-22-11 08:51 PM
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7. So they can practice/play with pub school kids, just not go to school w/them? This is
nuts and soooo like our fucked up VA legislature.
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Ilsa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 08:34 PM
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12. If they want to be on a team at school, shouldn't they be part of
Edited on Wed Nov-23-11 08:36 PM by Ilsa
the classroom too? Shouldn't they be subjected to the same rules of benchmark eligibility for academic performance? (You have to pass the session to be eligible to play.)

Shouldn't they be in school when the team is practicing? Even for individual sports?

Do they get to decide which school in the district they go play for, or are they going to be assigned to their "home" campus if they were enrolled?
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