DE HB175 | 2015-2016 | 148th General Assembly


Spectrum: Moderate Partisan Bill (Democrat 10-2)
Status: Introduced on June 10 2015 - 25% progression, died in chamber
Action: 2015-06-17 - Reported Out of Committee (EDUCATION) in House with 2 Favorable, 7 On Its Merits
Text: Latest bill text (Draft #1) [HTML]


A unified sport is an athletic program that combines students with disabilities and students without disabilities to train and compete on the same team. The purpose of a unified sport is to build social inclusion through the platform of sports, and to provide common ground where students with and without disabilities can enjoy the bond that comes from training, goal-setting, and teamwork. Additionally, a unified sport breaks down stereotypes by demonstrating abilities through athletic competition and meaningful involvement, and creates opportunities for students with and without disabilities to share greater understanding and friendship on and off the playing field. The General Assembly recognizes that unified sports offer benefits to all students and serve as a potential tool for schools that are required to meet Section 504 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. 794, regarding providing extracurricular activities, and 14 Del. Admin. C. 923-7.1 and 7.2. This Act creates a unified sports pilot program in track and field in all high schools operated by a regular or vocational technical school district or by a charter school during the 2015-2016 school year. This Act requires an evaluation of the pilot program to determine the feasibility of making unified sports a permanent part of the regular, vocational technical, and charter school experience. This Act is contingent on funding.

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An Act To Amend Title 14 Of The Delaware Code Relating To Exceptional Children.



2015-06-17HouseReported Out of Committee (EDUCATION) in House with 2 Favorable, 7 On Its Merits
2015-06-10HouseIntroduced and Assigned to Education Committee in House

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