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Wake County school board to discuss sports policy for early colleges

Broughton pitcher Jared Cross warms up with catcher Penn Sealy (18) during the Bobby Murray Tournament, which took place in Raleigh on April 2, 2016. Cross is a student at the Wake Young Men’s Leadership Academy who plays sports at Broughton.
Broughton pitcher Jared Cross warms up with catcher Penn Sealy (18) during the Bobby Murray Tournament, which took place in Raleigh on April 2, 2016. Cross is a student at the Wake Young Men’s Leadership Academy who plays sports at Broughton. newsobserver.com

A Wake County school board committee will revisit Tuesday the policy of whether students at middle schools and high schools that don’t have interscholastic sports should continue to be allowed to play at other schools.

On Dec. 13, the school board’s policy committee backed a recommendation from staff to phase out interscholastic sports eligibility for students at specialty schools that don’t have interscholastic athletics. But after families at the early colleges objected, school board Chairwoman Monika Johnson-Hostler referred the policy change back to the policy committee for further review.

School leaders are dealing with the competing tensions of families at the early colleges who want to keep the athletics opportunities and families at the receiving schools who don’t want the athletes from the specialty schools.

Currently, students at the specialty schools are given the option to try out for sports at a nearby school.

One potential compromise could be to say that the students at the specialty schools could play sports at their base school. This option would work if the student’s base school is near the specialty school.

Also on Tuesday’s agenda, the policy committee will discuss:

▪ A policy on how parents can object to instructional materials used in their child’s school;

▪ A policy on providing students with access to academic rigor and accelerated instruction;

▪ A policy on school improvement plans;

▪ A policy on meal charges covering what to do when students forget to bring meal money.

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