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28th Legislature(2013-2014)

Bill Text 28th Legislature


00 Enrolled SB 41                                                                                                          
01 Relating to student participation in interscholastic activities; and providing for an effective                         
02 date.                                                                                                                   
03                           _______________                                                                               
04    * Section 1. AS 14.30.365(a) is amended to read:                                                                   
05            (a)  A full-time student who is eligible under (b) of this section who is enrolled                           
06       in grades nine through 12 in an alternative education program that is located                                     
07       [ENTIRELY] in the state and that does not offer interscholastic activities is eligible to                         
08       participate in any interscholastic activities program available in a public school                                
09                 (1)  that, based on the residence of the parent or legal guardian, the                                  
10       student would be eligible to attend were the student not enrolled in an alternative                               
11       education program; or                                                                                             
12                 (2)  at which the student requests to participate, if                                                   
13                      (A)  the student shows good cause; and                                                             
14                      (B)  the governing body of the school approves.                                                    
01    * Sec. 2. AS 14.30.365(c) is amended by adding a new paragraph to read:                                            
02                 (5)  "located in the state" means that the alternative education program                                
03       is accessed by a student who is located in the state and provides for all instructional                           
04       hours to take place at a site in the state.                                                                       
05    * Sec. 3. AS 14.45 is amended by adding a new section to article 3 to read:                                        
06            Sec. 14.45.150. Interscholastic activities; eligibility. (a) A full-time student                           
07       who is eligible under (b) of this section who is enrolled in grades nine through 12 in an                         
08       alternative education program that is located in the state and that does not offer                                
09       interscholastic activities is eligible to participate in any interscholastic activities                           
10       program available in a religious or other private school regulated under this chapter                             
11                 (1)  that the student would be eligible to attend were the student not                                  
12       enrolled in an alternative education program; and                                                                 
13                 (2)  at which the student requests to participate, if the administrator of                              
14       the school approves.                                                                                              
15            (b)  A student is eligible to participate in interscholastic activities under this                           
16       section if the student                                                                                            
17                 (1)  is otherwise eligible to participate in interscholastic activities under                           
18       requirements established by the school and the statewide interscholastic activities                               
19       governing body;                                                                                                   
20                 (2)  provides documentation, including academic transcripts, proof of                                   
21       full-time enrollment, and applicable disciplinary records, and, if required for                                   
22       participation in an activity by the school, requested medical records, to the school                              
23       providing the interscholastic activities program; and                                                             
24                 (3)  claims the same school for interscholastic activities eligibility                                  
25       purposes during a school year.                                                                                    
26            (c)  In this section,                                                                                        
27                 (1)  "alternative education program" means a public secondary school                                    
28       that provides a nontraditional education program, including the Alaska Military Youth                             
29       Academy; a public vocational, remedial, or theme-based program; a home school                                     
30       program that is accredited by a recognized accrediting body; a charter school                                     
31       authorized under AS 14.03.250 - 14.03.290; and a statewide correspondence school                                  
01       that enrolls students who reside outside of a district in which the student resides and                           
02       provides less than three hours a week of scheduled face-to-face student interactions in                           
03       the same location with a teacher who is certified under AS 14.20.020;                                             
04                 (2)  "district" has the meaning given in AS 14.17.990;                                                  
05                 (3)  "full-time student" means a student who                                                            
06                      (A)  is enrolled in not less than five classes in grades nine                                      
07            through 11 and not less than four classes in grade 12; and                                                   
08                      (B)  is on track to graduate from secondary school in not more                                     
09            than four years of attendance in secondary school;                                                           
10                 (4)  "interscholastic activities" means preparation for and participation                               
11       in events or competitions involving another school when the preparation or                                        
12       participation                                                                                                     
13                      (A)  is sanctioned or supported by the statewide interscholastic                                   
14            activities governing body;                                                                                   
15                      (B)  is conducted outside of the regular school curriculum; and                                    
16                      (C)  does not involve participation in student government at a                                     
17            school;                                                                                                      
18                 (5)  "located in the state" means that the alternative education program                                
19       is accessed by a student who is located in the state and provides for all instructional                           
20       hours to take place at a site in the state.                                                                       
21    * Sec. 4. This Act takes effect July 1, 2013.                                                                      
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