Measuring Up



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16. Extracurricular and Interscholastic Activities Eligibility and Access

16A. Laws or regulations explicitly state that charter school students and employees are eligible to participate in all extracurricular and interscholastic activities available to noncharter public school students and employees.

16B. Laws or regulations explicitly allow charter school students in schools not providing extracurricular and interscholastic activities to have access to those activities at noncharter public schools.

How well do states’ laws align to this component of the model law?

State

Charter Law Description

Score

Alabama

Alabama law provides that nothing in the charter school act shall be construed to prevent a charter school from forming an athletic team and participating in interscholastic athletics in the State of Alabama. If a charter school elects for its students to participate in athletic contests or competitions, then the school shall pursue membership in the Alabama High School Athletic Association and shall adhere to all guidelines, rules, regulations, and bylaws as other member schools.

3

Alaska

Alaska law explicitly allows charter school students in schools not providing extra-curricular and interscholastic activities to have access to those activities at noncharter public schools for a fee by a mutual agreement.

3

Arizona

Arizona law is silent about charter eligibility and access. Although charter schools are LEAs and thus have all the rights and responsibilities associated with district LEAs, silence on these provisions results in a level of uncertainty.

1

Arkansas

Arkansas law is silent about charter eligibility and access. Although open enrollment charter schools are LEAs and thus have all the rights and responsibilities associated with district LEAs, silence on these provisions results in a level of uncertainty.

1

California

California law does not explicitly address these matters. However, under the state’s statutorily defined “permissive” Education Code, these practices are permitted unless expressly prohibited. In practice, the California Interscholastic Federation’s policies tend to make it difficult for charter students to participate in activities in a local high school, even if the local district is amenable. As such, unless the charter school creates its own athletic programs, such activities are usually not an option for charter students.

3

Colorado

Colorado law allows charter students access to extracurricular activities at their local district school.

The law does not explicitly state that charter school students and employees are eligible to participate in all interscholastic leagues, competitions, awards, scholarships, and recognition programs available to noncharter public school students and employees.

3

Connecticut

Connecticut law is silent about charter eligibility and access. Although state charter schools are LEAs and thus have all the rights and responsibilities associated with district LEAs, silence on these provisions results in a level of uncertainty.

1

Delaware

Delaware law is silent about charter eligibility and access.

1

District of Columbia

The District of Columbia government provides charter schools eligibility to participate in the State Athletic Association.

3

Florida

Florida law provides that charter students are eligible to participate in an interscholastic activity at the public school that a student would otherwise have been assigned to. Also, the state interscholastic association’s rules include charter schools in their definitions of schools eligible to participate in all such activities. Nothing is mentioned about charter school employees having equal access.

3

Georgia

Georgia law is silent about charter eligibility and access.

1

Hawaii

Hawaii law grants charter school students the same opportunity as students at department schools to participate in sports activities whether it be provided at the charter school or a comparable program at a department school. The law, however, is silent on such rights for employees and on non-sports extra-curricular activities.

3

Idaho

Idaho law is silent regarding charter eligibility and access.

1

Illinois

Illinois law is silent about charter eligibility and access.

1

Indiana

Indiana law is silent about charter eligibility and access.

1

Iowa

Iowa law is silent about charter eligibility and access.

1

Kansas

Kansas law is silent about charter eligibility and access. In practice, these matters are governed by the Kansas State High School Activities Association.

1

Louisiana

Louisiana law is silent about charter eligibility and access.

1

Maine

The law states that charter students have the right to participate in extracurricular and interscholastic activities not offered by their school to the same extent and subject to the same requirements as noncharter public school students. The law provides that noncharter schools may require such students to pay a portion of the cost of providing those activities.

3

Maryland

Maryland law is silent about charter eligibility and access.

1

Massachusetts

Massachusetts law is silent about extra-curricular and interscholastic activities eligibility and access for charter school students and employees.

1

Michigan

Michigan law is silent about charter eligibility and access. Although charter schools are LEAs with all the rights and responsibilities associated with other district LEAs, silence on these provisions results in a level of uncertainty.

1

Minnesota

Minnesota law allows charter school students in schools not providing extra-curricular and interscholastic activities to have access to those activities at noncharter public schools for a fee by a mutual agreement.

3

Mississippi

State law provides that a charter school is eligible to participate in state-sponsored or district-sponsored athletic and academic interscholastic leagues, competitions, awards, scholarships and recognition programs for students, educators, administrators and schools to the same extent as noncharter public schools.

3

Missouri

Missouri law is silent about charter eligibility and access.

1

Nevada

Nevada law allows charter school students in schools not providing extra-curricular and interscholastic activities to have access to those activities at noncharter public schools by a mutual agreement.

3

New Hampshire

The law provides the ability of charter school pupils to participate in programs and co-curricular activities in their resident district.

1

New Jersey

New Jersey law is silent about charter eligibility and access.

1

New Mexico

New Mexico law allows charter school students to participate in district activities sanctioned by the New Mexico Activities Association.

3

New York

New York law provides that school districts may offer extra-curricular activities to resident charter students.

3

North Carolina

North Carolina law is silent about extra-curricular and interscholastic activities eligibility and access for charter school students and employees.

1

Ohio

Ohio law provides that a student in a charter school shall be afforded the opportunity to participate in any extracurricular activities offered at the district public school that is operated by the school district and to which the student otherwise would be assigned.

3

Oklahoma

Oklahoma law provides that a brick and mortar charter school may sign a co-op agreement with a school district allowing charter school students to play on district teams.

Oklahoma law provides that students enrolled full-time in the statewide virtual charter school governed by the statewide virtual charter school board shall not be authorized to participate in any activities administered by the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association. However, it provides that these students may participate in intramural activities sponsored by the statewide virtual charter school, an online provider sponsored by the statewide virtual charter school, or any other outside organization.

2

Oregon

Oregon law is silent regarding charter eligibility and access.

1

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania law provides that no district can deny the participation of charter school students in extra-curricular activities if such students can fulfill participation requirements and the charter school does not offer those activities. It also requires charter applications to detail any agreement with local districts regarding a student’s participation in extra-curricular activities.

3

Rhode Island

Rhode Island law is silent regarding charter eligibility and access.

1

South Carolina

South Carolina law provides that a charter school is eligible for federally sponsored, state-sponsored or district-sponsored interscholastic leagues, competitions, awards, scholarships, grants, and recognition programs for students, educators, administrators, staff, and schools to the same extent as all other public schools.

South Carolina law allows charter school students in schools not providing extra-curricular and interscholastic activities to have access to those activities at the resident public school the students would otherwise attend.

4

Tennessee

Tennessee law is silent about extra-curricular and interscholastic activities eligibility and access for charter school students and employees.

1

Texas

Texas law provides that both types of charter schools (open-enrollment and district-authorized) are subject to a particular state law regarding extra-curricular activities, but this law doesn’t address charter student and employee extra-curricular and interscholastic activities eligibility and access.

1

Utah

The law provides that charter school students are eligible to participate in all interscholastic leagues, competitions, awards, scholarships, and recognition programs available to noncharter public school students. The law is silent on charter school employee eligibility for public educator recognition programs.

Utah law allows charter school students to participate, on a state-established fee basis, in extracurricular activities at district schools, if those activities are not offered by the charter school.

3

Virginia

Virginia law is silent about charter eligibility and access.

1

Washington

Statute notes that a charter school is eligible for state or district-sponsored interscholastic programs, awards, scholarships, or competitions to the same extent as other public schools.

3

Wisconsin

Wisconsin law is silent on this issue. In practice, however, the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association allows charter school participation.

1

Wyoming

Wyoming law is silent about charter eligibility and access.

1