Virginia Governor hounded over Tebow Bill

Virginia Governor hounded over Tebow Bill


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, 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.
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2 Responses to "Virginia Governor hounded over Tebow Bill"

  1. Richard Chenault   Friday, February 26th, 2016 at 10:55 pm

    It would seem to me that those parents who are homeschooling their children have a right to expect that their children can participate in extracurricular activity if they are paying taxes which support those schools.

  2. ibwilliamsi   Friday, February 26th, 2016 at 11:11 pm

    There are community sports teams for them. Is it not enough that they get free tuition at community colleges “because they’re home schooled and their parents may not have the skills” and public (or private) school kids don’t?

    Screw Tim Tebow and all the home schooled ones like him. There’s a reason no team wants him. What’s different about him? He was home schooled.