The most basic policy of school sports - the
premise and the first rule - is that persons must be students
of the schools they represent in competition.
1. The legislation provides at best no net gain in participation opportunities:
· Unenrolled students will displace enrolled students for the limited number of playing positions on public school teams.
2. The legislation provides a disincentive for nonpublic and charter schools to maintain existing teams or create new teams, likely resulting in fewer opportunities:
· Schools with struggling programs will have less incentive to keep them; schools without programs will have no incentive to start them.
3. The legislation creates a management nightmare:
· School calendars differ for vacations and exams and grading periods; school requirements and penalties differ for attendance, academic eligibility and codes of conduct.
4. There is no oversight of unenrolled student's behavior, attendance, curriculum or progress toward graduation.
· The academic integrity of educational athletics will be lost.
5. The legislation is a return to big government:
· Legislature making rules for schools, even in the area of voluntary, extracurricular activities.
6. The legislation will outrage the parents of enrolled students when their children lose participation opportunities to unenrolled children who spend no time in that school's classroom and are unaccountable to that school's administration and board of education.
If this legislation passes, it won't be too long until the starting 5 for your public school's basketball teams is as follows:
Point Guard: 5'8" freshman who attends a small Christian school in the next town.
Shooting Guard: 6'0" sophomore sharpshooter who attends that same Christian school but played basketball at your cross-town rival public high school last season.
Center: 6'8" out-of-state transfer who was academically ineligible the previous year, but is home schooled and eligible now. It's uncertain if he's a junior, senior or in his 5th year of "high school."
Power Forward: 6'5" junior who for 3 years has attended a charter school 30 miles away from your school.
Shooting Forward: 6'2" senior who's home schooled and playing on his 4th different team in four years.
If that's what you want, stay silent while
others play the game on their home court without any opponents
1. A student who lives in Lansing and is home schooled . . .
· Could participate on Lansing Eastern's football team in the fall, Lansing-Sexton's basketball team in the winter, and Lansing Everett's baseball team in spring.
· Could participate in the same sport at three different Lansing high schools during three years.
2. A student enrolled in Williamston schools all his/her life and who was a par-ticipant on its high school sports teams for three years . . .
· Could lose his spot as quarterback to a student who has never attended Williamston Public Schools.
· Could get cut from the softball team because of the addition of four stu-dents who are not enrolled at Williamston High School, one of whom at-tends a Christian school, the second who attends a charter school, the third who is home-schooled and the fourth who attends no school at all but simply lives in the district.
3. A student who attends one school while playing on the sports teams of an-other school could have different calendars for academics and athletics, re-quiring the student to choose between . . .
· Studying for exams of one school and playing for the sports teams of the other;
· Taking those exams of one school and playing for the sports teams of the other,
The student could miss the contests to study or take exams, thus hurting more than helping the team.
4. So many students could abandon the
existing sports program of a nonpublic or charter school that
the nonpublic or charter school is left with insufficient participants
to sustain a team, or multi-levels of teams, thus hurting more
stu-dents of nonpublic schools than are helped.