Medford charter schools may be excluded from public school activities

A revision to exclude charter high school students from participating in Medford school district activities like drama, band and sports is on hold tonight.

The Medford school board has decided to look further into the proposed policy before officially taking charter schools out of Medford school district activities.

With enrollment at an all time high, the district says there is not enough space for both public and charter school students to be on sports teams.

Tanner Lee is one student that would be affected by the policy.

He attends Logos Charter High School, but has been playing baseball for South Medford High for two years.

“Sports is a big thing to a lot of us kids that go to Logos and everywhere and it just would be a great thing if they changed their minds and opened up to letting us play for them,” Lee said.

Lee says if he is no longer allowed to play for South Medford High School, he will start homeschooling.

Homeschoolers can still play for the public schools by state law.

The board says if the policy passes, charter schools can create their own teams, or put their students in club sports.

They say they are most concerned about the students graduating, and there needs to be enough space for all students in the public schools to participate.

A committee to discuss the policy further will be meeting this Wednesday.

 

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