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VA House Passes "Tebow Bill"

Homeschooled athletes may be closer to being allowed to play on school teams.

to being able to play on Virginia high school teams as the Virginia House of Delegates voted 59-39 Wednesday in favor of "the Tebow bill."

 The “Tebow bill” — named for Tim Tebow, the  Denver Broncos quarterback who was home-schooled as a teen but was allowed to play football at his local high school — will now be sent to the Virginia Senate. 

Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R), has said he will sign the bill.

Opponents, including some school boards and PTAs, say home-schooled kids are not required to meet the same academic criteria as public school athletes — attend and pass five classes per day — and that they would take team slots from their public school counterparts.

The legislation has been introduced several times in Virginia since 2005. With the General Assembly now under Republican control,  supporters have said it has a better chance at passage.

Sixteen states permit home-schooled students to play sports at public schools, according to the Purcellville-based Home School Legal Defense Association. Nine others leave the decision to localities or do not have laws prohibiting it.

Read more about the bill on this Washington Post blog.

Sally Singer Brodsky February 10, 2012 at 05:59 PM
One of the most important ways we have of instilling American values and teaching English is the public school system. We are, as a nation, becoming more and more divided into small groups. Home schooling contributes to this unfortunate situation. We need to support public education not only with taxes, but with our best and brightest students. The country as a whole benefits when it has an educated population.
Steve L February 10, 2012 at 08:35 PM
I can empathize with all sides of the argument, but here's another twist: the coach of the athletic team doesn't care. If you're good and eligible, he'll take you so that the team can win!
RareRestonRationalist February 11, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Can't say that I'm a fan of this. Does this mean that we can put our kids through school a la carte? If the math department is subpar, can I opt out of math and home school for that? Home schooling is a choice that families make. Part of the choice is that they miss some of the side benefits in favor of something else.
Aja B. February 13, 2012 at 01:12 AM
When I said "contribute" I should have elaborated. In contributing I was referring to the student body. Being a part of the school is all consuming, not just the athletic department. It's seeing each other in the halls, participating in additional activities, education and cheering for each other. What makes a school great is student participation in all realms. It's not just a do drop in, sort of thing.
Sally Singer Brodsky February 15, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Too bad that the "opportunistic" rather than value-based approach is being supported by the coach.

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