published Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Hamilton schools allow home-school athletes registered with system

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Hamilton County Schools will let home-schooled students play ball beginning with the winter sports season, provided the students register with the school system.

The Board of Education approved on Thursday evening letting home-school students participate in public school athletics after previously turning down the same issue.

In July, the school board voted 6-2 against letting in home-schoolers, after a poll of principals showed little support for the issue. But administrators have changed their minds and their recommendation.

Board members voted 7-1 Thursday, with Everett Fairchild casting the only dissenting vote. Board member Chip Baker was absent.

Read tomorrow’s Times Free Press for full details.

about Kevin Hardy...

Kevin rejoined the Times Free Press in August 2011 as the Southeast Tennessee K-12 education reporter. He worked as an intern in 2009, covering the communities of Signal Mountain, Red Bank, Collegedale and Lookout Mountain, Tenn. A native Kansan, Kevin graduated with bachelor's degrees in journalism and sociology from the University of Kansas. After graduating, he worked as an education reporter in Hutchinson, Kan., for a year before coming back to Chattanooga. Honors include a ...

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bearhunter said...

bad move.

September 15, 2011 at 9:34 p.m.
Salsa said...

Good move.

September 15, 2011 at 11 p.m.
teach_them_all said...

The article at the chattanoogan is more explicit and helps with understanding why they made this decision.

September 15, 2011 at 11:22 p.m.
librul said...

Thank you Everett. Let 'em play stickball in their back yards between "classes".

September 16, 2011 at 12:11 a.m.
Ramblinwreck said...

As the parent of a home schooled 12 year old I would gladly give up any opportunity to have her participate in extracurricular activities at the government schools I'm still forced to support with about 70% of my tax bill if they won't ask me to pay the tax any longer. See if you can make that happen librul. We'll both be happier I guarantee you.

September 16, 2011 at 7:15 a.m.
bearhunter said...

Ramblinwrec taxes dollars don't pay for extracurricular actives. just cuz home schoolers are too good for public education them think them get a dicount on taxes?? lol

September 16, 2011 at 7:42 a.m.
dao1980 said...

What about parent's who pay to send their kids to private school... and still pay the taxes that fund public education?

Can a kid that attends a private school still play sports for a public one? Their parents pay them thar taxes don't they?

Can I itemize my taxes and subtract the things that I disagree with or do not use?

Wouldn't that be nice!

September 16, 2011 at 7:55 a.m.
Blueoval said...

Is it me or does it seem that Chip Baker is absent on most votes the school board makes....seems like everytime they vote on something news worthy he's absent.

September 16, 2011 at 7:57 a.m.
onetinsoldier said...

School sports are an absolute waste of tax payers money. Particularly those extramural Friday night football games. Millions of dollars for sports equipment while you raise classroom sizes and reduce teacher numbers and pay. Shame on parents. They make it to football games and miss the parent teacher meetings. The priorities are all screwed up.

September 16, 2011 at 12:35 p.m.
hambone said...

Seems to me that when parents decide to home school thet should go all the way and start a "home school football team".

September 16, 2011 at 4:17 p.m.
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