From: "SHARE - St. Louis Homeschooling Activities Resources and Encouragement"
Date: Apr 4, 2011 8:38 PM
Subject: SHARE: HEARING IN JEFF CITY WED. 8:00 AM - ATHLETICS & HOMESCHOOLERS!
We’ve been getting lots of calls and emails about the Students First Interscholastic Athletics Act bill sponsored by Senator Jim Lembke. Our family and countless others have been “communicating” with MSHSAA (Missouri State High School Activities Association) for years about athletic opportunities for homeschoolers….with NO positive results. MSHSAA rules not only prevent homeschoolers from participating in sports with their own school districts, but may also restrict homeschool teams (like the Patriots, Blue Knights, St. Louis United, etc) from playing with/against small private schools. This sometimes extends to other competitions involving areas like music, chess and speech & debate. But - sounds like things might be getting ready to change!
These issues will be addressed in Jefferson City at a House Education Committee hearing on Wednesday, April 6 at 8:00 am. It would be great if older homeschooled athletes (and those involved in other “competitions”) and their parents could fill up the hearing room!
Read the information below (scroll down)...Stay tuned for more details…
I received the following request from Gary Brehe who helps organize and coach homeschool sports in the Greater St. Louis Area. He is asking for support on HB 476 which will be heard this week. This bill effects homeschooled students who want to participate in Interscholastic sports.
The Students First Interscholastic Athletics Act bill is being sponsored by Senator Jim Lembke which requires every high school age student to have the opportunity to participate in interscholastic athletics. If a student's school of attendance does not offer interscholastic athletics, the student must have the opportunity through his or her public school district of residence.
For more information on the bill go to: http://www.house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HB476&year=2011&code=R
If you want more information there are contact numbers and email addresses at the bottom.
We would like to have the homeschool sports community turn out for the hearing in Jeff City.
Homeschoolers are needed in Jefferson City to attend a hearing on HB 476 regarding homeschool activities and MSHSAA regulations!
Please show up THIS Wednesday morning, April 6, at 8 A.M. for the House Education Committee hearing in Hearing Room 6.
The homeschool community needs to pack the room (and hall) to demonstrate the urgency of fixing the MSHSAA guidelines which currently limit homeschool sports and activities.
Homeschoolers from all areas of the state should attend, representing as wide a range of sports and activities as possible including sports such as soccer, baseball, basketball, as well as activities such as debate, chess, and music.
We would like to have older teen students, boys and girls, who would be available to introduce themselves to the committee and identify their sport/activity and location.
The hearing on HB 476 will be short, and conclude no later than 10 a.m. but likely much sooner.
Please do not call or write at this time or plan to present testimony, but come and fill the room. This is a sacrifice for families who do not live close to Jeff City but we must highlight that MSHSAA regulations restrict the activities of young people in all parts of the state.
Please let us know if you have a teen attending who is willing to introduce himself to the committee, stating his team or activity and where he resides, or, if you know teens who have won special honors or awards in their sports or activities.
Please pass this alert on to your homeschool friends and contact lists.
Noreen McCann 636 519 8160
Eva Jones 573 819 1945