Introduced Version






HOUSE BILL No. 1229

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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL



Citations Affected: IC 20-26-14.

Synopsis: Participation in school athletics. Requires a student who attends a nonpublic high school that is not a member of an interscholastic athletic association but who participates in high school athletics at a public high school that is a member of an athletic association to: (1) follow applicable code of conduct rules; (2) fulfill certain academic requirements; (3) undergo annual department of education approved academic assessments; and (4) comply with any transfer rules of the association.

Effective: July 1, 2013.





Wesco, Pond




    January 14, 2013, read first time and referred to Committee on Education.







Introduced

First Regular Session 118th General Assembly (2013)


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HOUSE BILL No. 1229



    A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning education.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

SOURCE: IC 20-26-14-8; (13)IN1229.1.1. -->     SECTION 1. IC 20-26-14-8 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2013]: Sec. 8. (a) A high school student who attends any nonpublic school whether accredited or nonaccredited that is not a member of an association may participate in high school athletics at a public high school that is a member of an association if the public high school is located within the legal settlement of the student and the criteria set forth in subsection (b) are met.
    (b) For a high school student described in subsection (a) to be eligible to participate in high school athletics at a public high school that is located within the legal settlement of the student and is a member of an association, the following conditions must be met:
        (1) If the student attends an accredited nonpublic school, the student must:
            (A) fulfill the same academic requirements established for students of the public high school by the school corporation

where the student has legal settlement; and
            (B) meet all standards and requirements applicable to a student participating in the interscholastic athletic activity, including but not limited to tryouts, practice time, codes of conduct and student discipline, physical exams, proof of age, permission forms, waivers, required paperwork, fees, transportation arrangements, and any transfer rules of the association, but excluding any requirements that the student be enrolled in or attend the public school.
        (2) If the student attends a nonaccredited nonpublic school, the student must meet the conditions under subdivision (1) or:
            (A) must have attended a nonaccredited nonpublic school for the entire previous three (3) school years;
            (B) must:
                (i) take a nationally recognized test, as approved by the department, that assesses basic skills and achievement for each year of high school and achieve at least the minimum standard score commensurate with the student's grade level; and

                 (ii) provide to the public high school principal written verification from the nonpublic school that the student is eligible to participate in the interscholastic athletic activity based on appropriate grade level achievement, commensurate with the school grading periods of the public high school; and
            (C) meet all standards and requirements applicable to a student participating in the interscholastic athletic activity, including but not limited to tryouts, practice time, codes of conduct and student discipline, physical exams, proof of age, permission forms, waivers, required paperwork, fees, transportation arrangements, and any transfer rules of the association, but excluding any requirements that the student be enrolled in or attend the public school.

SOURCE: IC 20-26-14-9; (13)IN1229.1.2. -->     SECTION 2. IC 20-26-14-9 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2013]: Sec. 9. A nonaccredited nonpublic school student who provides false information, documentation, or verification of the student's qualifications for the purpose of meeting eligibility requirements to participate in interscholastic athletic activities is ineligible to participate in interscholastic athletic activities in accordance with policies of the association and may be subject to penalties as provided by the association.
SOURCE: IC 20-26-14-10; (13)IN1229.1.3. -->     SECTION 3. IC 20-26-14-10 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2013]: Sec. 10. If the association finds that a public or accredited nonpublic school has knowledge of any false representation, documentation, or verification of a nonaccredited nonpublic school student's qualifications that was made for the purpose of meeting eligibility requirements to participate in interscholastic athletic activities, and the school does not declare the student ineligible for participation, the school is subject to penalties established by the association.