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    You can't separate the two. If public schools make it so they do not have to offer service to non public school students, it will mean all services. I could care less about sports, but it would take away so many other necessary services.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlyssaEimers View Post
    You can't separate the two. If public schools make it so they do not have to offer service to non public school students, it will mean all services. I could care less about sports, but it would take away so many other necessary services.
    Sure you can...why not? Some services that schools offer are easy to argue their importance, and difficulty in finding a proper replacement for that important thing. Who says you can't separate them? In NY I got bus service for my kids. But they couldn't play on public school sports teams. Bus service certainly isn't vital, but it's s good example on how you can get some things and not others. Sure things are separable.

    Really, I don't have a huge objection to the solution of letting each school district choose, even though it still rubs me the wrong way that a public high school kid could lose a space to a non high school kid and the homeschooler can't be held to the same academic and conduct requirements. I think it's wrong and I'd probably argue against it if it were happening in my district, but each district can have their own battle about it if they need to.
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    If that same homeschool kid that was taking a spot away from another kid wanted to play on the team bad enough (so they could be looked at for scholarships) then they could enroll in a few classes and take the spot away anyway. I have no issue with a kid possibly taking a spot away, I think the best kids that live in that district should get the spots.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mom3girls View Post
    If that same homeschool kid that was taking a spot away from another kid wanted to play on the team bad enough (so they could be looked at for scholarships) then they could enroll in a few classes and take the spot away anyway. I have no issue with a kid possibly taking a spot away, I think the best kids that live in that district should get the spots.
    Then that's what they should do, enroll at the school. I agree with alyssa and Laurie, school sports are about more than just an individual's personal goals and desires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KimPossible View Post
    Then that's what they should do, enroll at the school. I agree with alyssa and Laurie, school sports are about more than just an individual's personal goals and desires.
    You would be okay with them being there for a PE class and an art class? That would change the whole thing for you? I get that school sports are about more then the just the time on the field, but some schools are not meeting students needs in the classroom and they should have options that do meet their needs without being excluded from the team
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    Then you help to change the school system and supplement at home. You don't cherry pick for the good stuff.

    You can't say...well I will provide homeschool because I find I can teach my children better than these people but then they are good enough to provide extracurriculars for your kid.

    Speech, OT, PT services are different to me, only because locally many times you HAVE to use the school or its not covered by insurance. There are set expectations for those services to be provided through the local school systems.

    Sports, clubs, dances. NOPE.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jessica80 View Post
    Then you help to change the school system and supplement at home. You don't cherry pick for the good stuff.

    You can't say...well I will provide homeschool because I find I can teach my children better than these people but then they are good enough to provide extracurriculars for your kid.

    Speech, OT, PT services are different to me, only because locally many times you HAVE to use the school or its not covered by insurance. There are set expectations for those services to be provided through the local school systems.

    Sports, clubs, dances. NOPE.
    Do you really think it is possible to change the school system in the year that your child needs it? I dont. We have some friends whose DD has dyslexia. That is not considered a learning disability in our state anymore (budget cuts) so they have pulled her and are homeschooling and working with a dyslexia tutor for the next couple years until she is caught up. They are doing what is right for their kid right now, not waiting to see if they can get dyslexia covered by the school in a few years. I would be very sad for this girl if she wanted to participate in a school event but was not allowed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mom3girls View Post
    You would be okay with them being there for a PE class and an art class? That would change the whole thing for you? I get that school sports are about more then the just the time on the field, but some schools are not meeting students needs in the classroom and they should have options that do meet their needs without being excluded from the team

    No i said they should enroll in the school, i didn't realize you meant just one or two classes sorry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mom3girls View Post
    Do you really think it is possible to change the school system in the year that your child needs it? I dont. We have some friends whose DD has dyslexia. That is not considered a learning disability in our state anymore (budget cuts) so they have pulled her and are homeschooling and working with a dyslexia tutor for the next couple years until she is caught up. They are doing what is right for their kid right now, not waiting to see if they can get dyslexia covered by the school in a few years. I would be very sad for this girl if she wanted to participate in a school event but was not allowed.
    Her parents are trying to do what they think is best for her, i wouldn't be that sad for her.

    We forgo things in life all the time based on the decisions we make. But we typically try to choose the path that leads to the best results within our means. That's life!

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