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    Filed at 7:05 am under by dcobranchi

    The Morning Call (Somewhere, PA) has an editorial opposing the PA legislature mandating that HEKs be allowed to play.

    [F]ortunately, Kate Philips, the governor’s spokeswoman, wasn’t as upbeat about whether Gov. Rendell would sign the bill. ”He is supportive of students’ rights … but it really is a local issue because the burden will be on local districts,” Philips said. She’s right on target, and we hope the governor will hold his ground and let districts continue to make local decisions.

    I’m not sure that Rendell’s statement is a veto threat; the bill passed the Senate 33-17, so it enjoys pretty broad support.

    I’m still agnostic on this issue. But having different rules across the state seems a little screwy.

    2 Responses to “G-SCHOOL SPORTS”

    Comment by
    October 25th, 2005
    at 12:54 pm

    If PA’s like IA, there are already different standards across the state. Des Moines Public School district has a relatively “low” standard to allow students to play high school sports, for example, compared to other Iowa school districts.

    Comment by
    October 25th, 2005
    at 2:02 pm

    The “unfairness” that is in the press about homeschool participation in PA extracurricular is really unfair from school district to school district. Most reporters miss that point and go with “unfair” because hsers pay taxes. The education unions are saying that it is another unfunded mandate. (If they want to eliminate unfunded mandates, how about the whole homeschool law in PA?) If they were really fiscally intelligent, they would realize that an unhappy homeschooler excluded from participation, becomes a $$$$ cyber charter student who is allowed to participate. The Equal Access bill would save the School Districts and the state money, not the other way around.

    Personally, we would never have anything to do with the g-schools, but I do have friends that children do not get seen for the college scholarships (swimming, baseball, etc.) because of being excluded from the g-school sports. The athletic director of a school told us that it was about the scholarship money. (They didn’t want to let a homeschooler get it and it can be significant – $100,000 and up.)