Thursday, January 20, 2011

65% and Home Schoolers on Public School Sports Teams

HB 1416 was taken up on second reading in the House today, and after an acrimonious debate in which the Virginia Education Association and the Virginia Association of School Superintendents were said to be unions by the bill’s sponsor Manoli Loupassi. Delegate Pollard pointed out to Loupassi public employees in Virginia, by law, cannot unionize. Delegate Morrisey did an excellent job of revealing the bill’s flaws to no avail, and the bill passed on a voice vote. The final vote will be tomorrow.

The goal of the bill, getting more money into the classroom, is laudable, but the real impact of the bill will be cutting the support services so important to the success of teachers in the classroom (librarians, counselors, bus drivers, custodians and etc.).

This morning the Students and Daycare Subcommittee of the House Education Committee reported Delegate Bell’s HB2395, a bill to allow home schooled students to participate in interscholastic (public school) sports, to the full committee. This bill should come before the House Education Committee on VEA Lobby Day, this Monday. Please contact the House Education Committee members urging opposition to HB2395 (link to committee information).

If we do this for public schools shouldn’t we do this for our public universities? Why should you have to go to UVA to play on the sports teams?