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Public Charter School Students May Play Sports in Their Districts
Under the amended law, public charter school students must be treated essentially as homeschooled students for the purposes of interscholastic activities, including sports, music, and speech.
School districts may not exclude public charter school students from interscholastic activities solely because they attend charter schools. Both homeschooled and charter school students must pass eligibility exams, and fulfill the same standards of behavior and performance of the other students participating in the activity. Charter school students must meet three additional requirements. First, charter school students must meet the class requirements of the association that administers interscholastic activities.
Second, school districts are not required to provide interscholastic activity access to charter school students who have access to interscholastic activities through their own school.
Third, if a charter school student intends to participate in interscholastic activities through the school district, the charter school must pay an appropriate fee to the school or school district.
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