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There are 23 comments on the NBC29 Charlottesville story from Oct 1, 2012, titled Task Force Meets to Tackle Home School Sports Issue - NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA News, Sports.... In it, NBC29 Charlottesville reports that:

A statewide task force meeting in Albemarle County is tackling the possibility of home-school students playing public school sports.

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Forest Lakes Resident

Nathalie, VA

#22 Oct 2, 2012
School sports are for school students, public students are have been required to work with many different communities with in their schools. Unlike the home school student, the public school student works directly with students who range from different counties, varied intellectual and physical abilities. I will never forget the face of a home school student who I asked to go with her peers to cheer for a 13 yo Down's Athlete. The athlete competed in regular sports programs, the two boys (popular and athletic) from different public schools ran to to sidelines, cheered, hooted and hollered, congratulated the athlete. The home school student's face was in shock, she had never encouraged or engaged in anything close to cheering, worked with, supported a disable athlete, student, person. Her exercise were limited, to being exposed to handicapped people in "there" environment not "her" environment. That was when I knew public schools were doing something right. Home school students should not participate in a sport if that is the only part of the school community they wish to engage in. The school sports the athlete plays a role the "school" its "community" its "members" not just the sport. The student athlete parent plays a role in the school not just the sport. Think again home school parents, we are a community join us, as a whole, don't pick and choose the individual parts that suit your desires and ignore the individual parts that are difficult to work with. It is not easy being part of a public school, it is hard work, time, money patience all are part of the whole public school success and failures.
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Charlottesville, VA

#23 Oct 2, 2012
The tax argument is ridiculous. Even if you never have a child you don't get to opt out of paying taxes to fund schools. The bigger issue is that students athletes are held to certain standards within their school to be eligible to participate. These standards include attendance to each class, behavior in the school, and grades received from teachers who's curriculum has been established by the school they attend. A homeschooled student can't be held to the same standards. They may be held to a high standard by their parents but it still won't be the same standards under the same conditions. The student athletes wear a uniform that says they are a member of a particular school. It's part of the identity of the team that it's members are from the school they represent. It is not fair to anybody to have a team (potentially an entire team) who's members have never attended the school the school they represent.

Charlottesville, VA

#24 Oct 26, 2012
In well over half the states in the country, homeschooled kids are embraced by the school divisions that are there to serve families, and they are offered the chance to try out for their communities' school teams.

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