The Arizona issue literally hit close to home. Our local high school (where my older daughter attends) had decided to withdraw the girl's basketball team from an Arizona tournament planned in December. Many of the parents have gotten quite upset about using high school athletics to push a political agenda. Sarah Palin had her say during a visit to Chicago last week. The school board says it wasn't a political decision:
Under long standing constitutional law, all school districts are required to provide an education to all children within the District’s borders regardless of immigration status. District 113 boasts a diverse student population and, as a school district, we believe in equal opportunity for each of our students. The selection of a girls’ varsity basketball team for the 2010-2011 winter athletic season will take place in November, 2010. The team has yet to be selected. When our students travel, the school district is responsible, both legally and ethically, for their safety, security and liberty. We cannot commit at this time to playing at a venue where some of our students’ safety or liberty might be placed at risk because of state immigration law. Our athletes will play in a competitive basketball tournament during their winter break.but that didn't stop a heated debate in last night's school board meeting.