A legislative subcommittee formed to examine allowing homeschooled students to participate in public school athletics has declined to make any recommendations on the issue.Loudoun Delegates Tom Rust and Tag Greason were on this committee.
The Virginia High School League, which administers interscholastic sports statewide, opposes "mandated access," and that home-schooling families can't have it both ways — opting out of public education but demanding the opportunity to play school sports, executive director Ken Tilley said.Public schools are a public resource, and children who home-school (for that matter, children in private school) are still taxpayers and equal members of their communities. A "you're in or you're out, with us or against us" attitude is not acceptable. I've spoken to numerous public school students, athletes and parents about this and encountered little opposition to homeschoolers participating in public school athletics.
"Why are public schools unacceptable from 8 to 4 but acceptable afterward?" said Bruce Bowen, executive director of the Virginia Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association.
Maybe the legislature will open up access even without the committee's recommendation.