Charter and Private School Students Sidelined
The South Carolina High School League recently made the decision to forbid students from charter schools and private schools from participating on public high school sports teams starting in the 2020-2021 school year for a period of one year after enrollment if applied during the 7th grade. If the student transfers to a public high school at the beginning of his or her ninth grade year, they will not be barred from playing. Students who normally participate in sports activities at other schools because of a lack of that sport at their own school will no longer be able to participate.This affects thousands of students across South Carolina, and the decision was met with opposition by many charter and private schools in South Carolina. On May 18th, 12 public charter and private schools made the decision to file suit against this rule.
Mr. Crawford commented on Greer Middle College's participation in the case, saying, "The new rules passed by the SC High School League member schools are unfortunate for public charter schools. A student exercising their rights for school choice shouldn't have to sit out a year of athletic competition. This is a double standard as magnet and state government special schools are exempt. I feel strongly that GMC will prevail in court and it is unfortunate charter schools must take legal action against the league."
In addition to GMC, schools who will participate in the lawsuit include Brashier Middle College, Greenville Technical College Charter High School, Fox Creek High School, Gray Collegiate Academy, Legion Collegiate Academy, Oceanside Collegiate Academy, Palmetto Scholars Academy, Bishop England High School, Christ Church Episcopal School, Saint Joseph's Catholic School, and Southside Christian School. They will work along with the Public Charter School Alliance of South Carolina to demolish this bill so their students can continue to play sports with other schools.