Mississippi bill seeks public-school option for home-schooled students

Joseph Crampton of Tupelo is home schooled, but he used to go to the public middle school an hour a day to play in the band.

Now, the 16-year-old trumpeter takes solo lessons.

The Tupelo High School band director won’t let Joseph be in the band because the group takes part in competitions and only full-time students can compete, said his mother, Shelley Crampton.

‘It broke his heart,’ Shelley Crampton said of her son.

She said Tupelo Middle School had the same rules about competition, but the band director there made an exception to let Joseph hone his musical skills.

Hoping to help families such as the Cramptons, Sen. Alan Nunnelee, R-Tupelo, has filed a bill that would require all public schools to give home-schooled students the option of ‘dual enrollment.’ Read more…

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