Wednesday, June 16, 2010

New Orleans Jesuit On Home Schoolers And Athletics

La. House Bill 303, proposed by Jefferson Parish Representative Cameron Henry-R was voted on and passed by a margin of 22-10 today by the Louisiana State Senate. The bill which will take affect beginning with the 2010-2011 school year will permit qualified home schooled students to participate in athletic programs that are members of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA).

According to the legislation, home schooled student's will be subject to the same residency and academic requirements as their on ground counterparts in order to be eligible as a qualified participant in the school's athletic program. The bill also establishes each LHSAA schools' principal as the final decision making authority in the matter.

In a document issued by the LHSAA, Father Anthony McGinn, S.J. of Jesuit High School in New Orleans wrote these “talking points” concerning home school students’ participation at an LHSAA school.
1. It destroys any sense of school spirit and identification of the team with the school
2. It symbolically raises athletics to an importance greater than schooling
3. It will be very difficult to administer from the view of school discipline
4. It could create a financial burden on schools that are not compensated for the expenses incurred by the home schooled players
5.It has its origin in individualism and personal rights and freedom from state control, but it uses the power of the state for the benefit of a very small minority
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