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'Tebow Bill' Dies in Senate Committee

Committee rejects legislation that would have allowed home-schoolers to play on high school teams.

has died in the Virginia Senate.

The bill (HB 947), informally known as the "Tebow Bill" because of Denver Broncos' quarterback Tim Tebow's background as a home-schooled student who played for a public school in Florida, was rejected in the Senate Education and Health Committee on a 8-7 vote.

Supporters of the bill argued parents with home-schooled children pay taxes, so their children should have the opportunity to compete in interscholastic sports.

Opponents say parents who choose home-schooling know the limitations, and it would be unfair to let those kids play without meeting eligibility standards that public school students must meet.

In the Jan. 26 Fairfax County School Board meeting, members voted 10-1 to add its opposition to a similar bill (HB 905) to the 2012 legislative package approved in December. Member Sandy Evans (Mason) abstained.

The statement added to the legislative program says, "The Fairfax County School Board opposes mandates to require local school boards to allow students who are not currently enrolled full time in a public school in their locality to participate in student athletics and activities."

Scott March 04, 2012 at 02:34 PM
I think it's a tough policy issue. On the one hand, we should try to support the availability of enrichment programs to all kids regardless of their educational process. On the other, it isn't fair to let people pick and choose how they want to be part of the public school community. The tax argument is, at best, hollow. Most everyone pays taxes that provide no direct (and sometimes no indirect) benefit to them.
Emofit March 04, 2012 at 10:57 PM
Funny though, the Virginia Government will have no problem taking the home school student parents tax money to pay for the school.....funny how the only entitiy on Earth that can have its cake and eat it too is governments. If I home school my kids or send them to a private school, you bet I still pay tax money for that public school
Emofit March 04, 2012 at 10:58 PM
That's not true, and it is far from a hollow argument. The real problem here is the government is worried that home schooling will turn out a better option than their public schools and become a trend. They don't want to lose money.

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