COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – The House education committee has rejected a bill allowing private school students to play sports at their local public school.
The motion failed Tuesday by a vote of 8-8. The bill would give private school students access to all extracurricular activities at the school they would otherwise attend, unless the private school offered the activity.
Supporters offered to restrict the access to middle school sports. Republican Rep. Tommy Stringer said the amendment was geared for students who intend to transfer and play for their public high school but need to qualify in middle school. That amendment also failed 8-8.
Opponents questioned how public schools could access private school records to ensure students are and remain eligible to play.
A 2012 law gave home-schooled students access to public school activities.
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