(AIKEN STANDARD) — The state Senate has approved a bill allowing home-schooled students in South Carolina to play sports at their local public school.

The measure passed by a 36-0 vote Thursday would give homeschool students access to all extracurricular activities at the school they would otherwise attend. It requires another vote to go to the House.

Advocates say it’s a matter of fairness, providing to all students the benefits of athletics and activities, from the camaraderie and teamwork building to scholarship opportunities.

Note: Read our discussion guidelines before commenting.