Home-educated pupil ineligible for school team
SPRING LAKE — Megan Gepp doesn’t think her 11-year-old daughter should be barred from playing on the public school basketball team simply because the girl is taught at home.
For Kelly Rose Gepp, being a star on a Recreation Department basketball team is not enough. She wants something more competitive. So, her mother petitioned the Spring Lake school board last month to allow Kelly Rose on the team at H.W. Mountz Elementary School. On Monday, the district said no.
In New Jersey, it’s up to local school boards to decide whether home-schooled children can participate in extracurricular activities. Home-school advocates and state education officials say that rule has rarely been questioned. Read more