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Update: Judge Bars Home-School Student From Baseball Team

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A federal magistrate ruled last week that students who are educated at home have no right to participate in extracurricular activities offered by their local public schools.

The ruling bars 14-year-old Jeremy McNatt from playing baseball for the Frazier district in southwestern Pennsylvania.

The youth and his family had argued that his civil rights had been violated, while district officials maintained that inclusion of home-school students would establish a dual and inequitable eligibility system. (See Education Week, 3/29/95.)

The magistrate found no constitutional guarantee of access to extracurricular activities.

The court also ruled that students who are home-schooled do not represent a discernible protected class under federal civil-rights law.

Bus Fees Upheld: California school districts can establish their own fees for bus service and can decide on their own whether and how to exempt poor children, the state supreme court has ruled.

The decision last month supported a 1992 ruling that allowed the fees, which are charged in some California districts. (See Education Week, 5/15/91.)

While parents can still challenge individual districts' exemption policies, the high court ruled that it saw no signs of abuse and found no reason to turn such decisions over to the state.

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