Kansas education board against nonstudent sports recruitment

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas State Board of Education says it will oppose a bill that would allow high schools to recruit athletes from home schools and private schools.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports Senate Bill 60 was introduced in the state Legislature earlier this year. The bill states any student who is a resident of a school district must be allowed to participate in any activities the district offers, regardless of whether the student attends a school in that district full time.

The bill is intended to benefit home-schooled students whose families still have to pay taxes at their local public schools, even though the students do not attend the schools.

Gary Musselman, executive director of the Kansas State High School Activities Association, argues that the bill is similar to requiring universities to allow any college-age student play on their sports teams, even if they are not enrolled at the school.

Musselman told the education board while delivering the association’s annual report that they are educators first and the bill “is the biggest challenge on our horizon.”

State board member Deena Horst said that she had heard repeated concerns that some high schools have been recruiting home-schooled students or students from small private schools by allowing them to enroll in just one class per day

The director confirmed that there was concern about the claims, but that the association lacks resources to investigate them.

The bill was passed in the Senate and has been sent to the House for consideration.



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