Friday, February 15, 2013
Senate Committee Kills ‘Tebow Bill’ on Thursday night, but some Patch readers think proposal should be voted into law.
Virginia's Senate Education and Health Committee shot down a bill Thursday that would have allowed home-schooled students to participate in public schools’ sports teams. Committee members killed House Bill 1442 — also known as the “Tebow bill" — on a 7-8 vote, shelving it for the remainder of this legislative session. But should the bill have reached the full Senate floor? In a Patch blog post, Fairfax County School Board member Ryan McElveen highlighted the defeat of the bill as one of the three most important actions residents could advocate for this session as Richmond pressed on with what he called an "educational extremism." The school board voted to advocate against the proposal, McElveen wrote, "because, in short, the bill would …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Keam votes against the bill, which passed the House of Delegates and is awaiting action in the Virginia Senate.
Tuesday, February 12
By Paige Baxter Capital News Service RICHMOND – Home-schooled students in Virginia could participate in public school sports under the so-called “Tebow bill” that has been passed by the House and will be considered by a Senate committee this week. Delegates voted 56-43 for House Bill 1442, which will be heard by the Senate Health and Education Committee Thursday. The bill, sponsored by Del. Robert Bell (R-Albemarle) would require public schools to allow home-schoolers to participate in sports and other extracurricular activities. Oakton Del. Mark Keam voted against the legislation. Which of our delegates do you agree with? Tell us in the comments! Many parents who home-school their children support the legislation, which is nicknamed for …
Sunday, March 4, 2012
Committee rejects legislation that would have allowed home-schoolers to play on high school teams.
Legislation to let home-schooled children play public school sports 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 …
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Proposal would allow home-schooled students to participate in public schools sports programs
The House of Delegates Education Committee approved a bill for a floor vote last week that would allow home-schooled students to participate in public schools' athletics programs. The legislation would prohibit public schools from joining the Virginia High School League unless VHSL changes its rules to allow home-schooled students to participate. 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, will soon face a vote on the House floor. If the proposal falls along party lines, as it largely did in committee — of the 14 who voted in favor of the bill, 13 are Republicans — it will easily pass the …