Ashley Adkinson
Ashley Adkinson

I have two words I TIM TEBOW.

Heath Arnold
Heath Arnold
  • Ashley Adkinson

Amen and the world champ tennis sisters, the William's

Marsha Wright
Marsha Wright

There is a homeschool fee to participate in sports and trips along with the normal athletic fees

Heath Arnold
Heath Arnold
  • Marsha Wright

You are correct that is the agreement the state has made. Although I disagree with my son having to pay fees others do not, I would pay them so he could play. Our tax dollars pay the fees for the enrolled students and mine. State law requires all children be registered with the district they are in and tax dollars are appropriated accordingly.

Mark Barkawitz
Mark Barkawitz

I've coached kids for years. It's a privlige to play for your school. And quite often hard to make teams with a limited roster, like basketball. A home-schooled kid who is a better athlete will knock school students off the roster. That's not right. Home-schooled children can participate in Little League, Pop Warner football, & dozens of parks & recreation leagues. If the school isn't good enough for your child to attend, you made your choice. Or enroll your child, spend volunteer hours like other parents, & join in on the fun.

Heath Arnold
Heath Arnold
  • Mark Barkawitz

I've coached as well and agree that it is a privilege to play for your school. In my state, Tennessee, homeschooled students have to meet all of the same requirements as the public school students and try out to make the team. The state of Tennessee has already decided homeschooled students can play public school sports. In our case it is the homeschooled students getting the shaft. Do they not matter????? My son does and will participate in Babe Ruth Baseball, pee wee basketball and pee...

I've coached as well and agree that it is a privilege to play for your school. In my state, Tennessee, homeschooled students have to meet all of the same requirements as the public school students and try out to make the team. The state of Tennessee has already decided homeschooled students can play public school sports. In our case it is the homeschooled students getting the shaft. Do they not matter????? My son does and will participate in Babe Ruth Baseball, pee wee basketball and pee wee football for one more year. After that there are no options for him in our area. We do volunteer in our community and our schools. I helped out with state testing last year. The school is great no problem there he can join if he so chooses.

I am blessed to be able to homeschool my child. Along with me he has four other teachers he can and does reach out to every day. That gives him a 5 to 1 teacher student ratio. At public school he would have a 1 to 20 plus teacher student ratio. What would you do?

Barbara Garcia
Barbara Garcia

If your child is home-schooled they are not enrolled in a specific school and should not play on any of that school's teams because they will take away a space on that school's team from a child that DOES go to that school. If you want your child to play team sports I see three options:

1. Have him or her play in community sports like Little League, Pop Warner Football, AYSA Soccer and other such teams.
2. Talk your school district into setting up a Home-School Team for that sport. ...

If your child is home-schooled they are not enrolled in a specific school and should not play on any of that school's teams because they will take away a space on that school's team from a child that DOES go to that school. If you want your child to play team sports I see three options:

1. Have him or her play in community sports like Little League, Pop Warner Football, AYSA Soccer and other such teams.
2. Talk your school district into setting up a Home-School Team for that sport. Of course you will have to come up with a coach, uniforms and a place to play your home games.
3. Enroll your child in the school since you seem to want them to participate in that school's programs.

For this reason I can NOT sign your petition.

Heath Arnold
Heath Arnold
  • Barbara Garcia

All Tennessee homeschooled students are registered with their district per state law. Furthermore. the state has already settled the issue of homeschoolers in public school sports. They allow it and so does the state sports governing authority TSSAA. According to state law each homeschooled child can play public school sports, at the school they would attend if not homeschooled. That is determined by the district they are registered in. Community leagues in our area stop after grade 6.

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All Tennessee homeschooled students are registered with their district per state law. Furthermore. the state has already settled the issue of homeschoolers in public school sports. They allow it and so does the state sports governing authority TSSAA. According to state law each homeschooled child can play public school sports, at the school they would attend if not homeschooled. That is determined by the district they are registered in. Community leagues in our area stop after grade 6.

We could start a homeschool team that could play against all public, charter and private schools within the regulated district. In our rural area that is not a realistic option. (see my other posts.)

Our district does not wish to allow homeschoolers to play.

David Bollinger
David Bollinger

As tax payers the homeschooled CHILDREN should be able and allowed to play sports and attend school functions at a designated public school within their District in conjunction with their geographical area.

Heath Arnold
Heath Arnold
  • David Bollinger

Not only should they, but according to state law they are allowed to participate as you mention. Some schools and districts chose not to allow this and that is a shame.

It is difficult to fight the system, they fight you.

Alex Strauss
Alex Strauss

I honestly think that home school students should be able to do any school activity, whether it's band, chorus, sports. I definately support this kid and his dad.

Heath Arnold
Heath Arnold
  • Alex Strauss

Thanks for your support.

Ed Benoit
Ed Benoit

If you feel that public school are not willing to let your kids interact with kids in public schools then they should not be allowed to interact in school athletics. Sports are for the kids in school. Find enough home schooled kids in your town start you own team

Heath Arnold
Heath Arnold
  • Ed Benoit

I wish it were possible. Although homeschool groups can form teams to play against public schools, private schools, and charter schools our region is to rural to gather enough kids of the correct age ranges to form a legitimate team or teams.

Mike Kelley
Mike Kelley

Here in Idaho the private school or charter school kids participate in the public school teams. My sons play sports and have many private \ charter\ home school kids on those teams. It's not even an issue. The only thing I would see is the parent be responsible for the transportation of his student to the practices.The funny part is those charter and home schooled kids smoke the public kids come test day.

Heath Arnold
Heath Arnold
  • Mike Kelley

Correct in so many way. Thanks for your support!

Davin Lassiter
Davin Lassiter

I wonder how the high school kids feel about one of their friends possibly losing out on a spot on the team to a kid that doesn't even go there. I know how I would've felt when I was in high school. I know how I'd feel if I had a kid that had that happen to him.

Heath Arnold
Heath Arnold
  • Davin Lassiter

My child already plays with the same kids he would play with in public school. He does so through civic programs. His friends want him to be able to play. According to state law, the school in question is my son's school. He is registered in the district and this would be his school. The state is behind homeschoolers and so are my son's peers.

Davin Lassiter
Davin Lassiter
  • Davin Lassiter

If his prospective teammates don't have a problem with it, more power to him. Hope it's the whole team. Because I would not be happy. If the education of the school's truly inadequate, then I have to go to an inadequate school AND compete for a spot with a kid that doesn't go there? Your kid has wonderful friends, that's for sure.

Heath Arnold
Heath Arnold
  • Davin Lassiter

The school is perfectly adequate for all children. My wife graduated from it and played basketball for the now superintendent. We chose homeschool because of our religious perspective. For the last few years as our child has grown more wise we have offered him the opportunity to go to public school. At this point it is his choice. He even takes an additional class at his choosing, bible. My son is blessed. This is a very small school averaging 30 kids in a graduating class. Thanks for keeping it positive.

Deyanir Helt
Deyanir Helt

OMG!!! Im soooo tired of always been the country behind human rights issues!!!

Heath Arnold
Heath Arnold
  • Deyanir Helt

I am tired too. We shouldn't have to fight for human rights... Especially in the U.S.

Jennifer Emry
Jennifer Emry
  • Deyanir Helt

I have tried to read as many of the posts as I can and I have a couple of questions, I apologize if they have already been answered. Is there a clause in the state guidlines that says that it is to the discretion of the district whether or not they allow homeschooled children to participate? Have you contacted a lawyer? I am a teacher is a large school district in Missouri and I have had homeschooled children actually come in a just attend my class (advanced mathematics) and then they go...

I have tried to read as many of the posts as I can and I have a couple of questions, I apologize if they have already been answered. Is there a clause in the state guidlines that says that it is to the discretion of the district whether or not they allow homeschooled children to participate? Have you contacted a lawyer? I am a teacher is a large school district in Missouri and I have had homeschooled children actually come in a just attend my class (advanced mathematics) and then they go home. I am not sure how our sports teams work for homeschooled children but I think our population of homeschoolers is large enough that they have their own teams.

Heath Arnold
Heath Arnold
  • Deyanir Helt

Sorry for all of the confusion. Most of the arguments made in these postings have already been addressed in the petition and it's updates.

Yes the state has ruled that homeschool students can partake of public school resources, including sports, but leaves the decision up the local school boards and schools when it comes to sports. There is never a problem for schools to let home schoolers take classes like the core subjects. The law states that public schools have to open their doors to...

Sorry for all of the confusion. Most of the arguments made in these postings have already been addressed in the petition and it's updates.

Yes the state has ruled that homeschool students can partake of public school resources, including sports, but leaves the decision up the local school boards and schools when it comes to sports. There is never a problem for schools to let home schoolers take classes like the core subjects. The law states that public schools have to open their doors to homeschoolers. But when it comes to sports their is a clause leaving the decision up to local entities. This is because Tennessee sports, once in high school, are not regulated by the school, but by the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA), which allows homeschoolers to play. Junior high sports are usually regulated by the school.

The rulings by the state have been misconstrued in order to appease those opposed to letting "outsiders" in. The reason we are taking this up at the local level is simply to get minds rolling and for me to learn before taking this to the state level.

Oh, because of the law as it is wriiten a lawyer is not needed at the local level. It has been tried. That is why I am going at this a different way.

Thanks for your interest. Feel free to engage me here or personally.

Regardless of the outcome locally, we intend to take this to the state level. 11 states mandate homeschoolers be allowed in school sports and Tennessee needs to be the next. Many believe, as do I, that the law as it is now is uncostitutional (state and federal).

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