STATEMENT TO

 

[First Reprint]

SENATE, No. 3447

 

with Senate Floor Amendments

(Proposed by Senator TURNER)

 

ADOPTED: JANUARY 5, 2018


 

††††† These floor amendments:

         Clarify that the provisions of the bill only apply in the case of a high school interscholastic athletics team or squad;

         Provide that it is permissive, rather than mandatory, for school districts to allow charter school students, homeschooled students, and students who attend nonpublic schools to participate in high school interscholastic athletics in the studentís district of residence;

         Provide that it is permissive, rather than mandatory, for charter schools to allow public school students to participate in high school interscholastic athletics at the charter school;

         Provide that the school district or charter school may permit students to participate in interscholastic sports under the provisions of the bill if the district or charter school is unable to field a team due to a decline in interest or participation in the sport that impacts the ability of the district or charter school to safely field a team or squad; however, the amendments also stipulate that nothing in the bill should be construed to limit a districtís or charter schoolís authority to allow these students to participate for reasons other than that a team or squad cannot be safely fielded;

         Provide that a board of education or board of trustees of a charter school may charge a student who participates in a school-sponsored high school interscholastic athletics team or squad pursuant to this bill, other than a student with financial hardship, a fee no greater than the actual cost per pupil of participating in the sport; and

         Provide that the bill will take effect on July 1, 2018 rather than immediately.