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Bill Opens Sports, Clubs To Charter Students

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.

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