“Tim Tebow Bill” Faces Setback

“Tim Tebow Bill” Faces Setback

by Steve Gamel

A bill that would allow home-school students in Texas to compete with public school teammates in University Interscholastic League games has been delayed from going into effect.

The bill, which has been dubbed the ‘Tim Tebow Bill’, was left pending after a Texas House Public Education Committee meeting late last month, several media outlets have reported. The bill has already passed through the senate and in 34 states as of press time, but has yet to be voted on and put into effect in Texas.

The bill gives home-school students the chance to compete if they submit satisfactory grades and pass a standardized test. Furthermore, public schools competing under UIL regulations would be required to make accommodations for students who are eligible to participate. Senate Bill 640 was named after the former Florida quarterback, Heisman Trophy winner, and NFL standout, who was home-schooled but played public school sports.

The idea behind the bill is to afford home-school kids the same opportunities as other student-athletes and that meshing them with public school kids eliminates the threat of home-school kids having less options to compete as they get older. But the bill also has been met with harsh criticism. According to a Dallas Morning News article, there are those who believe forcing home-school students to take a standardized test is discriminatory since public school kids do not have to.

Conversely, the article states that both the Texas High School Coaches Association and the Texas Girls Coaches Association are against the bill being passed because it would create an imbalance in academic eligibility. Public school students are assessed by teaching professionals under state curriculum, they say, while home-school student requirements are often unregulated.

Ironically, there are more home-school kids in Texas than in all private schools combined, the article states.

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