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Final IHSAA Meeting On Home-Schooled Athletes Tonight

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Photo: Bill Shaw / WFIU News

The IHSAA will hold the last of five meetings to find out how parents feel about non-traditional students playing sports for their local schools.

The Indiana High School Athletic Association completes its series of meetings this evening on the topic of whether to allow home-schooled students to play high school sports.

Last year, a bill that would have given home schooled students a chance to compete for the high school in the area in which they live passed in House, but died in the Senate. After that, IHSAA commissioner Bobby Cox offered to hold meetings around the state to see whether there was genuine interest in having the governing body for high school sports consider changing its rules.

Cox says the five meetings held over the past month have not drawn large crowds, but says people on both sides of the issue are passionate. He says his concern remains the academic rigor home-schooled students face.

“My concern rests around academic accountability, and the reality of home schoolers in the state of Indiana is there is really no oversight of their academic progress,” Cox says.

After tonight’s meeting at Jimtown High School in Elkhart, Cox says he and his staff will go back to work to come up with a plan that makes everyone happy. Indiana is one of 27 states that don‘t allow home schooled or other non-traditional students to compete in high school sports. Twenty-one states allow it, while two others allow local school districts to make their own rules.

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