South Dakota Districts figuring out whether to open activities to home schools

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota school boards are coming up with different answers on whether home-schooled students can join public school activities.

But if enough districts refuse participation, some lawmakers and educators say the Legislature may look to force the issue with a state law.

“This has really been an issue that we’ve dealt with for a few years now, and I don’t think it’s going to go away,” said Rep. Bill Peterson, R-Sioux Falls. “We may have to toughen it up. I’d like to see how this plays out this summer with the rest of the school districts.”

The 2003 Legislature gave districts the power to set their own policies on whether to permit home-schooled students in district activities. The change went into effect July 1. Read more…

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