Missouri school children may be allowed to participate in public school activities

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JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri – Legislation may make it easier for Missouri school children to participate in public school sports and activities.

On April 20, the House gave its initial approval to require school districts to allow home students to participate in extracurricular activities or lose funding.

All representatives seemed to agree that homeschoolers should be allowed to participate in public school activities, but Democrats disagree with allowing the funding to be cut.

“I really question the constitutionality of saying now that we are going to withhold the payments, we are going to hold the foundation formula,” said Rep. Maggie Nurrenbern (D-Kansas City). “We’ve seen a lot of penalties, but I’m not sure if we’ve seen anything as serious as what’s on your bill.”

Representative Kent Haden (R-Mexico) sees no problem with the funding penalty.

“I think the sanction is appropriate, it means they understand that we are going to do it or that we are not getting our funding,” Haden said.

Currently, students must be enrolled in a minimum of two classes before they can participate.

The bill awaits final approval from Missouri House.

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