On a largely party line vote, the Virginia Senate Education and Health Committee voted down the “Tebow Bill” last week, which would have allowed homeschooled high school athletes to participate in public school sports in the state, according to news reports.
The bill, which had passed the state House, earned its nickname from Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, who played football at a public high school in Florida despite being home-schooled.
Opponents of the bill argued that home-schooled students aren’t necessarily held to the same academic and disciplinary standards as public school students.
More than 25 states have some form of law governing what public school activities home-schooled students can participate in, according to a brief from the Home School Legal Defense Association.
A version of this article appeared in the March 08, 2012 edition of Education Week as Va. Senate Panel Kills ‘Tebow Bill’