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Governor Signs Bill Expanding Interscholastic Opportunities


Senate Bill 41 allows homeschool students to participate in non-public school interscholastic activities

ANCHORAGE – Today, Governor Sean Parnell signed legislation expanding interscholastic opportunities for students. Senate Bill 41, sponsored by Senator Fred Dyson, R-Eagle River, allows students enrolled in an alternative education program to participate in sports or other interscholastic activities at non-public schools.

“This bill is consistent with our efforts over the past two decades to increase the opportunities for educational choice,” said Senator Dyson. “Students who are taught at home can now participate in both public and private school sports and other interscholastic activities.”

In 2012, the Alaska Legislature passed SB 119 to allow students enrolled in alternative education programs to participate in public school interscholastic activities. It was, however, not the intent of the legislature to leave out non-public schools.

“The fact that we did not address private schools last year was simply an oversight,” said Senator Dyson. “This bill addresses that issue.”

The act takes effect July 1, 2013.

For more information, please call Joshua Banks in Senator Dyson’s office at (907) 694-6683.

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