A House committee in Georgia has approved a bill preventing state-funded high schools from joining athletic associations that don’t allow athletes to wear clothing expressing religious beliefs.
The measure approved last week by the education committee is a swipe at the Georgia High School Association. Several lawmakers cited a high school runner disqualified from an association event last fall. He was wearing a headband with a Bible verse written on it.
The organization has said the student was disqualified because all athletes must be in uniform, with no other adornments, under national athletic-association rules.
A version of this article appeared in the February 10, 2016 edition of Education Week as Georgia Bill Supports Athletes’ Religious Attire