Mass. Athletics Body Told To Seek Deal With Remote Students

September 13, 2022

Nicholas O'Donnell was quoted in the article, "Mass. Athletics Body Told To Seek Deal With Remote Students," published by Law360 [sub. req.] on September 13, 2022.

The article discusses how the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) decided in June to stop granting students of statewide virtual schools waivers of its rules requiring that players of member schools be overseen by the school's principal to ensure attendance and achievement. Two parents and their children, students of the virtual school, filed suit in state court claiming the exclusion violated their equal protection rights as well as the Administrative Procedure Act. The association removed the case to federal court last week.

Nick, who represents the students, said "the sports association should have to treat [his] clients the same way it handles home-schooled students, who are permitted to join their local school's sports teams."

"The home-schooled students are not at the local school and their state funds are also not deposited with the local school," Nick said. "Yet, the group allows them to play for the local team. MIAA has singled these [remote] kids out to treat them differently," Nick told the court.

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