SENATE, No. 3043

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

215th LEGISLATURE

INTRODUCED NOVEMBER 14, 2013

 


 

Sponsored by:

Senator† ANTHONY R. BUCCO

District 25 (Morris and Somerset)

Senator† STEVEN V. OROHO

District 24 (Morris, Sussex and Warren)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

†††† Requires school districts to allow charter school students, county vocational school students, and students receiving equivalent instruction elsewhere than at school to participate in interscholastic sports programs on resident districtís sports teams.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

†††† As introduced.

††


An Act concerning the participation of certain students in Statewide interscholastic sports programs and supplementing chapter 11 of Title 18A of the New Jersey Statutes.

 

†††† Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

†††† 1.††† a. †A board of education shall permit a student who receives equivalent instruction elsewhere than at school pursuant to N.J.S.18A:38-25 and who meets the eligibility requirements for student athletes established by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association to try out for, and participate in, school-sponsored interscholastic athletics in the studentís district of residence in accordance with the same criteria established for students enrolled in the district. Any controversy concerning a studentís compliance with the eligibility requirements for student-athletes established by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association shall be adjudicated by the association in accordance with its constitution and by-laws.

†††† A student who receives such instruction who wishes to compete on an interscholastic sports team or squad in his resident district shall:

†††† (1)†† provide proof that he resides in the district;

†††† (2)†† meet the sports participation requirements established by the school district for students enrolled in the district such as physical examinations, insurance, age, academic, and other requirements. The student shall comply with the same standards of behavior, responsibilities, and performance as all other members of the team or squad; and

†††† (3)demonstrate to the board of education that he is receiving an academically equivalent education compared to students enrolled in the school district and that he is academically qualified to participate.

†††† b.† A student who withdraws from a public school to receive an equivalent instructional program elsewhere than at school and who is ineligible to participate in interscholastic athletics at the time of withdrawal from the public school due to his failure to meet academic, behavioral, or eligibility standards, shall be ineligible to compete in interscholastic athletic competition in accordance with the rules of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association.

 

†††† 2.††† a.† A board of education shall permit a student who attends a charter school and who meets the eligibility requirements for student athletes established by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association to try out for, and participate in, a school-sponsored interscholastic athletics team or squad in the studentís district of residence in accordance with the same criteria established for students enrolled in the district if the charter school does not sponsor an interscholastic sports team or squad in the sport in which the student wishes to participate. Any controversy concerning a studentís compliance with the eligibility requirements for student-athletes established by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association shall be adjudicated by the association in accordance with its constitution and by-laws.

†††† A student who attends a charter school who wishes to compete on an interscholastic sports team or squad in his resident district shall:

†††† (1)†† provide proof that he resides in the district; and

†††† (2)meet the sports participation requirements established by the school district for students enrolled in the district such as physical examinations, insurance, age, academic, and other requirements. A charter school student shall comply with the same standards of behavior, responsibilities, and performance as all other members of the team or squad.

†††† b.A student who withdraws from a school district to enroll in a charter school and who is ineligible to participate in interscholastic athletics at the time of withdrawal from the school district due to his failure to meet academic, behavioral, or eligibility standards, shall be ineligible to compete in interscholastic athletic competition in accordance with the rules of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association.

 

†††† 3.††† a.† A board of education shall permit a student who attends a county vocational school on a full-time or shared-time basis and who meets the eligibility requirements for student athletes established by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association to try out for, and participate in, a school-sponsored interscholastic athletics team or squad in the studentís district of residence in accordance with the same criteria established for students enrolled in the district if the county vocational school does not sponsor an interscholastic sports team or squad in the sport in which the student wishes to participate. Any controversy concerning a studentís compliance with the eligibility requirements for student-athletes established by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association shall be adjudicated by the association in accordance with its constitution and by-laws.

†††† A student who attends a county vocational school who wishes to compete on an interscholastic sports team or squad in his resident district shall:

†††† (1)†† provide proof that he resides in the district; and

†††† (2)meet the sports participation requirements established by the school district for students enrolled in the district such as physical examinations, insurance, age, academic, and other requirements. A county vocational school student shall comply with the same standards of behavior, responsibilities, and performance as all other members of the team or squad.

†††† b.A student who withdraws from a school district to enroll in a county vocational school and who is ineligible to participate in interscholastic athletics at the time of withdrawal from the school district due to his failure to meet academic, behavioral, or eligibility standards, shall be ineligible to compete in interscholastic athletic competition in accordance with the rules of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association.

 

†††† 4.††† This act shall take effect immediately.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

†††† This bill requires school districts to allow students who receive equivalent instruction other than at school, and students who attend charter schools or county vocational schools, to participate in interscholastic sports programs in the studentís resident district in accordance with the same criteria established for students enrolled in the district.

†††† Under the bill, a student who receives equivalent instruction elsewhere than at school who wishes to try out for, and participate in, school-sponsored interscholastic athletics in his resident district must:

†††† 1)††† provide proof that he resides in the district;

†††† 2)††† meet the sports participation requirements established by the school district for students enrolled in the district such as physical examinations, insurance, age, academic, and other requirements.† The student must comply with the same standards of behavior, responsibilities, and performance as other members of the team; and

†††† 3)††† demonstrate to the board of education that he is receiving an academically equivalent education compared to students enrolled in the school district and that he is academically qualified to participate.

†††† Under current NJSIAA rules, the participation of such a student is at the discretion of the board of education of the resident school district.

†††† In the case of a student enrolled in a charter school or county vocational school, the student may try out for, and participate in, interscholastic athletics in his resident district if the studentís charter school or county vocational school does not sponsor an interscholastic sports team in the sport in which the student wishes to participate.† In order to participate, the student must comply with the requirements listed above, other than the requirement to demonstrate academically equivalent instruction.† Under current NSIAA rules, a student enrolled in a charter school or full-time in a county vocational school may only participate in interscholastic athletics in the resident district if the principal of the charter school or county vocational school, as applicable, and the principal of the resident district school agree to such participation.

†††† Under the bill, any controversy in regard to whether a home-schooled student, a charter school student, or a county vocational school student meets the eligibility requirements for student athletes established by the NJSIAA will be adjudicated by the association in compliance with its constitution and by-laws.