In a previous discussion on home schooling and athletics, this idea, surprisingly, did not come up:
Some senators worry a bill that passed the Senate this morning might allow student to cheat their way into playing sports.
The bill allows home schooled students to join public school sports teams and other exrtracirricular activities. But their academic performance must meet certain standards. But how do home schoolers establish academic standards? Some argue that they can’t.
Today’s vote followed a heated discussion in the Senate Monday over whether to amend the bill so public schools have to help verify home schoolers’ academic performance. Some legislators worried without the amendment the bill might not become law and if it did become law some parents would lie about their children’s academic performance to keep them in sports.
“Do you think for one moment there are people who will not game the system?” Sen. Gregory Bell, R-Fruit Heights, asked senators Monday.
“Just to say, ‘I’m a taxpayer and I’m honest,’ doesn’t cut it.”
Others, however, opposed amending the bill, saying lawmakers must trust parents to do the right thing.