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School reviews its homeschool policy; Parents want activities open to all students

Quinn said the decision to homeschool her children was a choice the family made.

"It's what we as a family feels provides the best education for them," she said, adding that they evaluate each year to see if it is best for the children.

Quinn and other parents who homeschool say they pay taxes like other district residents and should have the same accessibility to school district programs as children who attend public school.

"We're all members of this community, where people all pay taxes, and we're all part of the school district, and we would like to be included," said Quinn.

Schmidt said this particular objection is common among parents who homeschool their children.

"Homeschool parents feel strongly that they should be able to participate," said Schmidt.

He said that previously there have been lawsuits in the past brought against school districts to open up activities to homeschooled students.

"Typically these do fail because the courts will say, 'Because you're paying taxes, doesn't give you a property right to participate in school activities,'" said Schmidt.

Legislation has also been introduced to address the rights of homeschooled students, the most recent being state Senate Bill 5974: Extracurricular Activities Open to Home Schoolers.

The bill, which has not been passed, would have allowed home-instructed students to participate in all extracurricular activities, and intraschool, intramural and extramural athletics that a school district offers.

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