The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

March 10, 2014

Bill could give home-schooled kids sports options


Associated Press

— MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Some parents of home-schooled children are supporting proposed legislation that would allow their kids to play competitive sports with public school students.

The Montgomery Advertiser Reports (http://on.mgmadv.com/1llcEmL ) a home-schooled 15-year-old Dothan boy tried out for a local high school football team and practiced with the squad until he was told he was ineligible to play days before the first game.

The Alabama High School Athletic Association requires students to be enrolled in the school they're representing to play sports.

Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools legislative coordinator Jim Chestnutt spoke out against the idea during a public hearing last week, saying that allowing students who are home-schooled to compete with public school teams would be unfair.

The boy's mother says the local team for home-schooled students didn't have enough players.