I think that sounds like a great option for her and boo to budget cuts for education. We all have to do what we think is right for our kids but that sometimes means that because one thing is a huge priority for you you use that to base your decisions.
Mom to Elizabeth (6) and Corinne (4)
I know that this topic is being heavily debated throughout many states now. I understand the desire for some parents to allow their children to play sports for public schools. It isn't merely about playing professionally, but wanting to get the exposure to college scouts for scholarship opportunities. The club (travel) teams are another route but the costs for participation for the more elite teams that garner scouts attention tend to be extremely expensive. Add in the travel expenses and it can be too far out of reach. We do have community sports (rec / travel) in practically everything offered here, but rec leagues generally do not get that same type of attention. (I have helped rec parents(public/private school students that opted to play rec) put together sports "portfolios" and videos that their student can submit to coaches. ALL rec'd scholarships - perhaps not at their 1st choice school but it helps!)
Still, I am in agreement with those that have expressed that this is a choice that homeschooling (and private school) parents make. In some cases, public school parents make this commitment also by choosing where they live based upon what they desire from the schools in their area.
As homeschooling continues to grow, there are more specific homeschool sports teams -- some that have now grown to compete within state divisions against public / private schools. (What I do object to is that most remain ineligible to compete within the state tournaments despite having winning seasons.) The argument that the homeschool students could have advantages for training time could just as easily be reversed. For example, the amount of time that some of the public/private high school football teams put in -- with training camps 2x's a day throughout the summer, daily practices lasting 2 - 3 hours, weight rooms, gyms, etc. all available -- is *typically* far more than most homeschoolers would have access to. (Certainly there are bound to be exceptions from those sports obsessed parents -- but I can definitely share that happens with those same type of parents in public and private schools too. I kicked a parent out of a park a few weeks ago that was pushing his kids (ages 5 and 7) to run football drills using a flashlight. They had been there for HOURS. )
*Aside for Kim and Jessica: Here, if you attend Catholic schools you receive religious ed class there. Those receiving religious ed (CCD), however, in recent years were deemed eligible to play on the Catholic school sport teams. I disagree for the same reasons that others have objected to homeschool students being on public school teams (not being a part of the school "community" and taking spots away from those that ARE.) As a parent forking over a private school tuition, to have my kid not make the team due to a public / homeschool student taking the spot -- I'd be upset. Right now, I have kids being recruited to play on private school teams (not all Catholic) despite not going there. While I appreciate the opportunity, dh and I feel that the practice is wrong.
Bottom line for me is while I disagree with the practice, I believe that each school district should be able to make the determination... just as with Kim's example of bus service being provided for her kids in one state/district but not in another.
Now that I am home and can write more I wanted to give a little background on my opinion. My niece goes to a private school in NY. She has some learning disabilities. The local public school has fought my sister tooth and nail for services. In the end they told her if she would enroll in public school they would offer services, but not with her not in public school. (This is not legal,and my sister ended up getting my niece an advocate.), but it can be very difficult to get the other services that are ONLY offered through the public school. Saying the public schools are not in any way responsible for non public school students will greatly hurt non-public school students. In theory you might be able to separate the non vital services with the vital services, but in reality, it does not work that way. My sister pays thousands of dollars in school taxes, and her children should be eligible to all of the services that she is paying for. This includes both therapy and extra curricular activities IMO, although I care less about sports than the other.
See, I don't see how my taxes figure into sports. Only because they are school taxes? Everyone I know that played sports for the school team had to pay and they made money from attendance.
Taxes pay for teachers, school to be run and special services like pt, ot, speech etc. That is why you are eligible for one and not the other. In our area, you can get speech without even being in school. Friend's daughter did speech without even doing preschool.
Mom to Elizabeth (6) and Corinne (4)
When I was in sports in HS, it was paid for out of our taxes. We did not pay anything extra and it did not cost to go to the meets. (Track and CC) Football cost maybe $.50 to get into to help pay for extra things, but most everything came out of taxes.
If no tax money was spent on the sport, then I think they could limit eligibility to whomever they wanted. If the team is funded by the tax dollars, then I believe they need to let anyone paying those taxes try out for the team.
So since my taxes go to pay for all of the schools in my district, should I be allowed to send my kid to the arty school in my district but also insist that they let him play on the football team for the sporty school in our district? I mean, at that point, why not let any kid in the district play on any team in the district they want? I mean, it would kind of be the end of sports-based school spirit, and I'm not sure what would make the teams different from rec teams at that point, but as long as we can accommodate everyone's special snowflake, right?
-Alissa, mom to Tristan (5) and Reid (the baby!)
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Since I pay school taxes should my kids be able to just go eat lunch at the school? Or should I insist on my right to go eat lunch at jail? I mean, my taxes pay for jails, too. Or maybe I want to get to use the local military training facility, since my taxes fund it. Again, paying taxes isn't a free pass to access whatever services you want! Kids who opt out of public schools should not have the right to play on public school teams.
Here is another situation to ponder. What about kids that do schooling through their school dist, but at home. Around here we have an AWESOME computer based k-12 program the kids can do provided by the school dist. It has become a very popular option with a very wide demographic, from kids that are struggling to some of the gifted kids that want to move at their own pace.
Technically these kids are enrolled in public school, but dont go on campus for anything. Should these kids be excluded as well?
Molly, Morgan, Mia and Carson