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AAA votes to allow home-schooled athletes in 2013-14

By David Harten

This article was published August 1, 2012 at 3:45 p.m.

— The Arkansas Activities Association voted in favor of allowing home-schooled athletes to play on athletic teams at schools sanctioned by the governing body at the AAA's annual meeting on Wednesday.

The vote got past the necessary 50-percent vote and will go into place for the 2013-14 school year.

Although the rule comes with certain stipulations. Among them, all athletes that fall into this category must be approved by the school superintendent after submitting paperwork, by July 1, to be allowed to play for a certain school. The superintendent must approve or deny the request within 30 days of application.

A student also must submit to an aptitude test to determine that he or she at the academic level concurrent with their age group. They must score average or better on the SAT-10 Assessment in math, science, English and social studies.

In addition, the student is also not guaranteed to play, but rather guaranteed to try out for a team. To be listed as enrolled, the student must be regularly attending one course per day.

The student is only allowed to play for the public school in the district for which they live in as well.

Read more about this story in tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

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arkateacher54_aol.com says... August 1, 2012 at 9:19 p.m.

Kind of pointless and stupid. AAA and Lance whats his face are very much opposed to private school and home schooling. Sounds like a political move to make it LOOK like they are being inclusive.

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rainbowharold55 says... August 2, 2012 at 8:24 a.m.

I don't understand this. Most home-schooled kids are in that situation to insure their safety because of bullying, or because of their parent's far right wing religious views. Why would any of these people want to participate. And why should the taxpayer foot the bill?

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Vickie55 says... August 2, 2012 at 8:48 a.m.

I agree with rainbowharold. So public schools, who get no funding for home-school or private school students, are still going to be required to allow them to participate in activities. In other words, the school district will provide coaches' salaries, uniforms, fuel for the buses, etc. for more students without any additional funding.

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HalALouyah says... August 2, 2012 at 8:53 a.m.

Heck maybe we can all try this argument if it fits: I don't want to pay taxes that go to schools since I don't have kids in school? It's not going to cost the taxpayers a thing; they are still going to have the same number of kids on their teams, it just means some kid who is not good enough won't make the team.

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HawgFan says... August 2, 2012 at 9:27 a.m.

"To be listed as enrolled, the student must be regularly attending one course per day." So, a 'home-schooled' kid will have to attend one class at the school in order to be able to participate in the sport? I would think one of the advantages of home-schooling is not having to go up to the school? But I guess if the kid wants to play a sport on a team, that's one of the conditions.

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1soni says... August 2, 2012 at 9:33 a.m.

One class per day? Would that be P.E. ?

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cab4 says... August 2, 2012 at 9:44 a.m.

Just wanted to point out that all those homeschooling parents are also taxpayers. Our kids might not be enrolled in public school, but our tax money is still going there just like everyone's. I personally am not interested in taking advantage of this, but some parents might be interested to provide their children better exposure for college scholarships related to sports. And on another note, there are a lot of reasons to homeschool besides your kids being bullied or "far right wing religious views."

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HawgFan says... August 2, 2012 at 9:53 a.m.

Well said cab4.

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arkie says... August 2, 2012 at 10:24 a.m.

Some of you folks seem to believe that home school parents aren't taxpayers. Maybe a few of them aren't. The truth of the matter is that any homeschoolers that pay property tax are in essence the ones that are being charged twice. They pay into the public school system through their taxes and still have the additional burden of financing their own schooling as well. They must be pretty committed to their children's education to do that, huh? I see nothing wrong with them being able to utilize parts of the system that they *do* help to fund, if they want to...

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Vickie55 says... August 2, 2012 at 10:43 a.m.

But the school district only receives a set amount of money per student - whether it comes from property tax or state funding. The current amount is a little or $6,000. So yes, you may be paying property tax, but the more a school district collects in property tax the less it gets in state funding. Still the same amount - $6,000 per student. So the school district is still potentially providing services for students they are not receiving funding for.

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