The “Tebow Bill,” which would allow homeschooled students to try out for sports teams of the public school in which they would ordinarily attend (and which their parents’ tax dollars support), passed its first hurdle Wednesday when the House Education Sub-Committee on Elementary and Secondary Education voted to report it to the full committee by a bipartisan 6-2 vote. It now goes, most likely Monday, to the full Education Committee. The legislation is a Family Foundation priority.
The bill, HB 63, is patroned by Delegate Rob Bell (R-56, Charlottesville). It’s been dubbed the “Tebow Bill” because a Florida law with the same intent allowed former Heisman Trophy quarterback and homeschool student Tim Tebow the opportunity to play football for his local high school, where he was discovered by the University of Florida.
Below is the video of the sub-committee meeting where the bill was debated. The Virginia High School League lobbied against this bill, again, despite its own charter which prohibits such advocacy. It was joined in its opposition by the educrat establishment who fear competition and reform to public education policy.
“Tebow Bill” advances despite the tried and trite arguments by the education establishment.