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April 10, 2013

Bills target UIL: Private & home school participation?

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Superintendents also share many concerns about the proposed legislation to make home- and private- school students eligible for UIL activities. What seems to stand out for local superintendents is the question posed by Perrin-Whitt Consolidated ISD Supt. John Kuhn: “How would No Pass, No Play work for these students?”

The No-Pass, No-Play rule, passed by the Texas Legislature in 1984, requires public school students to pass all courses in each grading period to be eligible to participate in extracurricular activities. If a student fails to make a passing grade, that student cannot participate in any extracurricular activity until her or his grades reach passing levels.

“I am always concerned when home school students or private schools want to compete in UIL academics or sports,” said Mineral Wells ISD Supt. Gail Haterius. “There are some private schools already competing in UIL. In public schools we educate all students and all students have to meet the accountability rules. In sports we particularly abide by the ‘No Pass, No Play’ rule that holds students accountable for passing their academic studies.”

Kuhn said there are other considerations regarding SB 929, such as:

• “Would they be required to participate in the school district in whose boundaries they reside?”

• “Who would bear the costs of equipping home-school athletes, given that the school district would (I assume) not earn daily attendance funding for those students, since they are not in attendance?”

• “Would the school district’s insurance cover these students in the event of an accident during extracurricular travel?”

“There are all kinds of rules and best practices that are handed down by UIL and that public schools must follow to be in UIL,” Haterius noted. “We have Previous Athletic Participation (PAP) forms that students and parents have to fill out as each school has an attendance zone.

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