Fri., March 23, 2012 9:00am (EDT)

Bill Opens Sports, Clubs To Charter Students
By Associated Press
Updated: 2 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
Legislation allowing charter school students to play sports and join clubs at traditional public schools was prompted by Rachel Sackett, a Gwinnett County high school student and lacrosse player whose charter school did not offer the sport. (Photo Courtesy of <a href=http://www.flickr.com/photos/lmlax/4547492968/>LITTLE MIAMI LACROSSE via Flickr</a>.)
Legislation allowing charter school students to play sports and join clubs at traditional public schools was prompted by Rachel Sackett, a Gwinnett County high school student and lacrosse player whose charter school did not offer the sport. (Photo Courtesy of LITTLE MIAMI LACROSSE via Flickr.)
A House committee has passed a bill that would allow charter school students to participate in sports and clubs at traditional public schools.

Senate Bill 34 is headed to the full House for a vote. It already passed the Senate.

Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers, the bill's sponsor, said the proposal would give children who attend a charter school where some activities aren't offered a chance to participate in team sports and clubs. Opponents argued the measure places added costs on cash-strapped schools to accommodate children who aren't enrolled there.

The legislation was prompted by Rachel Sackett, a Gwinnett County high school student and lacrosse player whose charter school did not offer the sport.