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Public School Access for Homeschoolers—A Legal Summary


The West Virginia Supreme Court ruled that homeschooled students could be prohibited from participating in interscholastic athletics with public school students. The ruling held that there was no violation of equal protection to homeschoolers in permitting the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Association to require eligible students to be enrolled full-time in a member school. Jones v. West Virginia State Board of Education, et al., 218 W.Va. 52, 622 S.E.2d 289.