Tennessee Law Forces State Schools To Allow Home-Schooled Athletes

Aug 19, 2013

A new piece of legislation is forcing Tennessee school districts to allow home-schooled students to participate in school sponsored sports teams.  Previously, individual school boards had been able to set their own guidelines for home-schooled students. Henry County Schools Assistant Director Brian Norton said the law reverses their school’s old policy of disallowing home-schooled students.

“I think our policy said home-schooled students are not allowed to play," siad Norton. "The law changed this year to follow whatever the law TSSAA stated and they are saying that we allow them to play with these specifications that are outlined on their website.”

Norton said students wanting to try out for Henry County School sports would have the same opportunities as any other student but need to meet the same health and academic requirements defined by the school.