If the home-school students I am acquainted with are any indication of what may be permitted to play sports with public school students it would, at best, be a valuable addition to public school sports. They are smart, they have good sportsmanship, they are mannerly, they will show respect and any of those abilities can only add value to the teams.
In one home-schooled family alone in this city, two are Harvard graudates, one is an attorney for children's services in New York, one graduated with a nursing degree and two are in ministry. One Harvard graduate is now serving as a Marine officer.
I'd say the fear factor expressed here of having kids you aren't around every day is a bit of a stretch. It wouldn't take long for you to find out if somebody is trouble or unqualified for a team even if you didn't see them every day.
I applaud the decision to let them play and I only hope that the influence of either the public or home-schooled students on each other will be positive.
My daddy became a minister following his conversion to Christ. He left a high paying job to take a little mountain church that paid $6.00 (six) a week. He worked at a pulp wood mill run by a mean man to offset starvation. I remember him coming home with bloody hands and Mom would wash them and take the splinters out. He was good to the man who hated Christians like some do but he loved Jesus and he had a heartfelt mission to reach others. He later went into the evangelistic field and usually came home with less than he had when he went. He didn't care - he wasn't for sale. He had cancer and even though he was too sick to be out of bed, he'd still go and visit men he knew needed God. They all came to his funeral and most of them were crying. They knew he cared. It hurts to see people turn off to ministers and church just because a preacher goes bad. We never hear about the thousands who were like my dad. We don't stop going to the doctor because a quack gets arrested. Why turn away from church or thumb your nose at ministers just because we only hear about the bad.