Statement Supporting Texas’ House Bill 347 and Senate Bill 391

Canton, Ma., 3/19/15—The University Interscholastic League (UIL) requires student athletes to be full-time students in regular attendance at the school they represent, thus effectively barring homeschooled students from participation in athletics at their local public schools. House Bill 347 and Senate Bill 391 could change this, requiring the UIL to change its criteria to allow homeschooled students to compete for their local schools. Continue reading

Statement Supporting Texas House Bill 2794

Canton, Mass., 3/19/15—Texas House Bill 2794 could benefit homeschooled children and alumni, according to Rachel Coleman, Executive Director of the Coalition for Responsible Home Education. The bill, which was introduced by Rep. Marsha Farney (R) in response to a social media push by Alecia Pennington, will make it easier for individuals to apply for delayed birth certificates and will provide criminal penalties for parents who refuse to sign an affidavit attesting to their child’s birth. “The filing of this bill is an important step for victims of identification abuse, particularly those in the homeschool community who may lack corroborating records,” Coleman said. Continue reading

Statement Supporting West Virginia’s House Bill 2749

For Immediate Release: Sports Access Benefits Homeschooled Students Canton, Ma., 3/13/15—The West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission requires student athletes to be enrolled in the public school they represent, thus barring participation by homeschooled students. House Bill 2749 could change this, opening the door to homeschooled students who meet certain … Continue reading

Statement Supporting Virginia’s House Bill 1626

For Immediate Release: Public School Sports Access Benefits Homeschooled Students Canton, Ma., 3/13/2015—The Virginia High School League (VHSL) requires student athletes to be regular students at the school they represent, thus barring homeschooled students from participation. House Bill 1626 could change this, requiring the VHSL to change its criteria to … Continue reading

Statement Supporting Kansas’ Senate Bill 60

For Immediate Release: Homeschooled Students Benefit from Extracurricular Access Canton, Ma.—The Kansas State High School Activities Association (KSHSAA) requires student athletes to be students at the school they represent, thus barring homeschooled students from participation. Senate Bill 60 could change this, requiring school districts to permit any student residing in … Continue reading

Statement Supporting Nebraska’s Legislature Bill 103

For Immediate Release: Public School Sports Access Benefits Homeschooled Students Canton, Ma.—The Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA) requires student athletes to be enrolled at least half time in the schools they represent. Legislature Bill 103 could change this, requiring the NSAA to change its criteria to include student athletes enrolled … Continue reading

Statement Supporting Hawaii’s House Bill 468

For Immediate Release: Access to Public School Extracurriculars Benefits Homeschoolers Canton, Ma.—The Hawaii High School Athletic Association (HHSAA) requires student athletes to be enrolled as students in the schools they represent, thus barring homeschooled students from participation. House Bill 468 could change this, making homeschooled students eligible for involvement in … Continue reading

2015 Statement Supporting New York Assembly Bill 3678 and Senate Bill 2175

For Immediate Release: Public School Athletics Should Be Open to Homeschoolers Canton, Ma., 3/11/15—Currently, the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) requires student athletes to be “regularly enrolled” at the public school they represent, thus barring homeschooled students from participation. Assembly Bill 3678 and Senate Bill 2175 … Continue reading

Statement Supporting Missouri’s House Bill 232

For Immediate Release: Public School Sports Access Benefits Homeschooled Students Canton, Ma., 3/11/15—Currently, the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) requires student athletes to be enrolled in an 80% course load at the school they represent. House Bill 232 could change this by requiring school districts participating in MSHSAA … Continue reading

Statement Supporting Iowa’s House File 214

For Immediate Release: Homeschool Statutes Should Support Homeschooled Children Canton, Ma., 3/6/15—Iowa lawmakers are considering restoring oversight that has historically safeguarded the interests of homeschooled children in the state. House File 214, which is currently before the house education committee, would provide accountability and support for both homeschooled students and … Continue reading