January 11, 2011
Office of the Governor
Attention: Bobby Jindal
P.O. Box 94004
Baton Rouge, LA 70804
Dear Bobby Jindal,
It was disappointing to me to learn that you signed House Bill 303, allowing home schooled
students to participate in public school sports. This is unfair to public school students for a few
different reasons. Children that are home schooled should not be able to participate in public
school athletics. If that child wants to play sports then that child should either attend public
school or join some other league outside of school. Letting home schooled kids play public
school sports is simply unfair to public school students. Though there are conditions affecting
the eligibility of home schooled students some of them are completely unrealistic. Quite simply,
home schooled students have an unfair advantage over public school students.
Most of conditions determining eligibility are the same. Students have to maintain a certain
GPA. However, public school students are being graded by certified teachers. Home schooled
children are being graded by their parents. That is unfair because if a parent wants their home
schooled child to play, they will make sure their child meets this requirement. Although it is true
public schools can also help out athletes with their grades, it is not as easy as it would be for a
parent. When state testing comes along people will see that the public school child was simply
given grades. If a parent of a child that is home schooled has no intention of their child getting a
diploma but rather a GED, then that child never has to take state testing.
What it basically comes down to is that a child who is home schooled should not be able to
participate in public school athletics. In my opinion, when a child is home schooled they have
decided not to have the choice of participating in public school activities. Though it may not be
the child’s decision to be home schooled they still should not be able to play public school
sports. There are numerous non-school related athletic programs that children can participate in.
Excluding them may seem cold-hearted but this law is not fair to students who attend public
school. Being home schooled does not necessarily mean you are not allowed to play sports at
all. It should just mean that you are not allowed to play public school sports.