Williamson home-school athletes barred from teams

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) -- The Williamson County School Board has voted against allowing home-schooled students to participate in sports on high school teams.

The Tennessean reported that board members discussed the topic for 45 minutes on Monday before voting 8-to-3 against allowing students outside of the county school system to join teams at their area high schools.

The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association changed its bylaws to allow home-schooled students to participate in public school sports, provided they meet certain eligibility requirement. But TSSAA bylaws do not supersede local education authorities so school districts still have the ability to restrict students from participating.

Metro Nashville Public School and Sumner County Schools allow home-schooled students in their teams, but Rutherford and Robertson County schools opted out.

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Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com


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