Richmond Governor Terry McAuliffe is under a lot of pressure to support new measures that would allow homeschooled student to participate in public school sports.
The “Tebow Bill”, named after homeschooled NFL quarterback Tim Tebow, is causing quite a stir in Virginia. Throughout February, advocates for new legislation have been hounding the Governor to change about a bill that he says creates a “double standard“.
Supporters of the bill believe that homeschooled student deserve access to organized sports, while others argue that this legislation would take opportunity away from students currently enrolled in public school. Furthermore, critics believe that the new legislation could create a potentially unfair system where homeschooled kids weren’t required to meet the level of same academic standards as other students.
It’s not just Virginia pushing for new rules. “Tebow Bills” have been receiving a lot attention since 2007, when the young quarterback won the Heisman Trophy. Due to the existing laws in Florida, Tebow was allowed to play football with a public High School even though he was homeschooled. Unfortunately for other homeschooled students, these laws don’t yet exist in many US states.
According to homeschoolfacts.com, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Hawaii, Kentucky, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin are all considering some for “Tebow” legislation. While many states have created some form of system to accommodate homeschooled athletes, not all legislators have been a receptive.
The Mississippi Senate blocked the “Tim Tebow Act” in 2015. In Texas the bill passed in the Senate and then died in the house. And now, in Virginia, a veto override failed in the House of Delegates.
For anyone who’s been following the situation, “Tebow” legislation just won’t go away. It’s a strange situations as it seems like something most states would be able to resolve with in a simple bipartisan roundtable.
You can learn more about the bills at www.timtebowbill.com.