Alabama House passes ‘Tim Tebow Act’
The bill has been coined the “Tim Tebow Act,” referencing the now Philadelphia Eagles quarterback who was home-schooled in Florida but allowed to participate in sports at his local high school. Florida has allowed home-schooled students to play on public school teams since the 1990s, according to AL.com.Alabama legislators have considered the bill for years, and now it heads to the Senate. As it stands, the bill would affect students beginning in the seventh grade. It would not guarantee them a spot on a team, but it would allow them to tryout, provided they meet academic and residency requirements.
The Alabama High School Athletic Association opposes the bill. One of the arguments held by opponents is the difficulties in holding home-schooled students to the same academic standards as those who attend public school.