[First Reprint]

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 reported by the Senate Education Committee on December 16, 2013, with amendments.

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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.

 

†††† 14.†† a.† Nothing in this act shall be construed to require a school district, charter school, or county vocational school to provide transportation services or pay transportation costs associated with a studentís participation in interscholastic athletics pursuant to the provisions of this act.

†††† b.††† Nothing in this act shall be construed to require a school district to change the schedules, procedures, or participation requirements of an interscholastic sports team or squad to accommodate a student who wishes to participate in interscholastic athletics pursuant to the provisions of this act.1

 

†††† 1[4.] 5.1†††† This act shall take effect immediately.