Reference is to the bill as introduced.
Amend the bill, as and if amended, by deleting all after the enacting words and inserting:
/ SECTION 1. Chapter 5, Title 59 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:
(A) The Office of Interscholastic
Athletics is established within the State Department of
Education. The office is the sole governing body of athletics
for South Carolina public schools.
(B) The Superintendent of Education shall appoint a director to serve as the administrative head of the office. The director must employ staff as necessary to carry out the duties and responsibilities assigned by the office. The director must have prior experience as either a coach or an athletics director at the high school level.
(C)(1) The State Board of Education must promulgate regulations concerning:
(a) administration of the office;
(b) enforcement of applicable rules, regulations, and statutory provisions;
(c) procedures for reaching decisions on all questions and appeals arising from those decisions;
(d) student eligibility requirements for participation in interscholastic athletics;
(e) administration of related athletic activities of schools subject to the jurisdiction of the office;
(f) official rules for interscholastic athletic contests;
(g) contests with schools not subject to the jurisdiction of the office;
(h) outside competition, camps, clinics, drug and alcohol use, unsportsmanlike conduct, and other matters that affect interscholastic athletics;
(i) organization and conduct of statewide interscholastic competitions, regardless of whether the competition can lead to a state championship, and to establish the terms and conditions for these competitions;
(j) the collection of dues and revenues in a manner similar to the South Carolina High School League;
(k) awards; and
(l) other matters the director considers appropriate to enhance interscholastic athletics in this State.
(2) When establishing regulations, the State Board of Education shall ensure a range of sanctions that may be applied to a student, coach, team, program, or school depending upon the seriousness, frequency, and other factors the office considers relevant to a violation of office rules.
(3) The State Board of Education shall promulgate emergency regulations to ensure the continuance of athletic contests pending approval by the General Assembly of regulations promulgated under subsection (A).
(D)(1) A public school that engages in interscholastic athletics or a private school wishing to compete with a public school in interscholastic athletic events:
(a) must submit to and comply with the provisions of this section; and
(b) may not contract with, join, or otherwise associate with the South Carolina High School League.
(2) A private or charter institution that is a member of the office must be afforded all rights and privileges that are granted to other teams in the league. The office shall not expel or deny membership to a private or charter institution based solely on the status of the institution as a private or charter school. A private or charter institution that applies to join the office may not be denied admission based solely on the status of the institution as a private or charter school.
(E)(1) The office shall establish an advisory committee to assist the evaluation by the office of the overall interscholastic athletic program and to make recommendations to the office concerning matters that would enhance interscholastic athletic competition throughout the State. The advisory committee may make recommendations concerning issues of safety, competitiveness, eligibility, academic requirements, participation and practice limitations, residence and attendance areas, transfers, recruiting, and other issues as requested by the office.
(2) The committee must consist of thirteen members appointed by the Superintendent and consisting of:
(a) two citizens not employed by a school;
(b) one public school coach recommended by the South Carolina High School Coaches Association;
(c) one public school coach recommended by the South Carolina Association of Women's Sports;
(d) one public school basketball coach recommended by the South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association;
(e) one public school football coach recommended by the South Carolina Football Coaches Association;
(f) one public school baseball coach recommended by the South Carolina Baseball Coaches Association;
(g) one public school cheer coach recommended by the South Carolina Cheer Coaches Association;
(h) one public school track and cross country coach recommended by the South Carolina Track and Cross Country Coaches Association;
(i) one public school athletic trainer recommended by the South Carolina Athletic Trainers Association;
(j) one public school athletics director recommended by the South Carolina Association of Athletics Directors;
(k) one public school principal recommended by the South Carolina Association for School Administrators; and
(l) one member recommended by the South Carolina Independent Schools Association.
(3) The members of the committee shall serve without compensation, per diem, or travel expenses.
(4) Each member of the committee serves at the pleasure of the Superintendent of Education.
(5) A person may not serve concurrently as a member of the advisory committee and the committee on appeals. A person who has served on the advisory committee may not serve on the committee on appeals during the five year period immediately following his tenure on the advisory committee, and a person who has served on the committee on appeals may not serve on the advisory committee for a period of five years immediately following his tenure on the committee on appeals.
(F)(1) The office shall establish a procedure to ensure each student, school, or coach may appeal an adverse ruling of the office on an alleged violation of this chapter and be afforded due process during the pendency and determination of this appeal.
(2) The procedure required in item (1) must require:
(a) the creation of a thirteen-member committee on appeals to be constituted as follows;
(i) seven members of the general public with one appointed from each congressional district appointed by the State Superintendent of Education and one of whom the Superintendent shall designate as chair of the committee;
(ii) three people currently employed as athletics coaches or athletics directors in a public high school in this State with one appointed by the Governor, one by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and one by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate who shall serve at the pleasure of the appointing officials;
(iii) one member who is a public high school principal appointed by the State Superintendent of Education;
(iv) one member who is a private school principal or headmaster appointed by the State Superintendent of Education; and
(v) one member of the business community appointed by the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce;
(b) the members of the committee shall receive per diem and mileage to be paid for from dues collected by the office;
(c) each member of the committee who is appointed by the Superintendent serves at the pleasure of the Superintendent of Education;
(d) an appeal of a decision made by the director must be made to the committee on appeals within ninety days after the ruling being appealed is issued;
(e) the committee on appeals must hear the appeal and render a written decision on the matter; and
(f) the decision of the committee on appeals must constitute the final action of the agency on the matter, and this action may be subsequently appealed pursuant to the Administrative Procedures Act. The Administrative Law Court must reviewed an appeal brought under this section on an expedited basis.
(3) The office shall develop an emergency appeals procedure to use if the normal appeals process would affect the participation of a student, team, program, or school in an athletic event."
SECTION 2. Section 59-39-160 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
(A) To participate in
interscholastic activities, students in grades nine through
twelve must achieve an overall passing average and either:
(1) pass at least four academic courses, including each unit the student takes that is required for graduation; or
(2) pass a total of five academic courses. Students must satisfy these conditions in the semester preceding participation in the interscholastic activity, if the interscholastic activity occurs completely within one semester or in the semester preceding the first semester of participation in an interscholastic activity if the interscholastic activity occurs over two consecutive semesters and is under the jurisdiction of the
South Carolina High
School League Office of Interscholastic
(B) Academic courses are those courses of instruction for which credit toward high school graduation is given. These may be required or approved electives.
All activities currently under the
jurisdiction of the South Carolina High School League remain in
effect. The monitoring of all other interscholastic
activities is the responsibility of the local boards of
trustees. Those students diagnosed as handicapped in accordance
with the criteria established by the State Board of Education
and satisfying the requirements of their Individual Education
Plan (IEP) as required by Public Law 94-142 are permitted to
participate in interscholastic activities. A local school board
of trustees may impose more stringent standards than those
contained in this section for participation in interscholastic
activities by students in grades nine through twelve.
(C) The State Board of Education may
grant a waiver of
waive the requirements of this section . This
waiver may be granted only when it receives a
written statement from a school district superintendent and
athletic director has been received stating
that a student's ineligibility to participate in interscholastic
activities is due to misinformation concerning eligibility
requirements being provided by district personnel. The State
Board of Education shall establish guidelines to administer this
SECTION 3. This act takes effect July 1, 2013. /
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Amend title to conform.