(KCPW News) Many of Utah’s public schools let home-schooled students participate in extracurricular activities, but an estimated 30 percent don’t. Republican Senator Mark Madsen has worked for the past five years on a bill that would require all public schools to do so.
“What that means is we had an entire group of high school students that have passed through their high school experience and not been able to participate in extracurricular activities simply because they were home-schooled,” said Madsen. “We don’t know if we lost Utah’s Tim Tebow.”
Tebow, the Florida Gators’ quarterback and Heisman trophy winner, was also home schooled, but was able to play at his local high school.
The Utah Senate Education Committee unanimously approved Madsen’s bill this morning, after amending it to address concerns from the Utah High School Activities Association. That pleased Kim Kehrer, who said her daughter was denied the opportunity to sing in a high school choir because she was homeschooled. She calls this discrimination.
“Well, just make sure it’s clear that the opportunity should be made available,” she told KCPW. “That’s all we want. We just want it made clear that children should have access to the opportunities.”
Last year, Madsen’s bill ultimately died on the Senate floor. But he thinks the unanimous committee vote this morning is an indication it could get further this session.