Virginia governor expected to veto ‘Tebow bill’

February 15, 2017 / Athletic AdministrationCoaching
Virginia’s legislature has passed a bill that would allow home-schooled students to play high school sports, but don’t expect it to become law.

According to The Associated Press, Gov. Terry McAuliffe is expected to veto the bill for the third time in as many years. The legislation, nicknamed the “Tebow bill,” would allow home-schooled students to play sports in their area high schools, but opponents argue that it creates numerous problems. Among them, verifying academic eligibility of those who do not take classes in the school district.

The bill’s proponents argued that the latest version of the bill addresses those concerns. From The AP:

Under the legislation, any student who wants to participate in a local high school’s athletic programs would have to pass standardized tests and demonstrate “evidence of progress” in their academic curriculum for at least two years. Del. Rob Bell, the bill’s author, said the students also would have to meet the same immunization standards as their public-school counterparts.

Bell’s bill also states that each local school district would get to decide for itself whether to allow home-schoolers to participate in high school sports. Districts that consider such a policy as unfair would not be forced to allow home-schoolers to participate.

Alabama passed a similar version of this bill last year. The legislation earned its nickname because of Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow, who was home-schooled in Florida but allowed to play sports at a public school.

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