Is there a Tim Tebow lurking somewhere in Virginia that public schools fear? Must be. The Heisman Trophy winner and national champion quarterback from the University of Florida, Tim Tebow is widely known for his strong faith and incredible career as a college football player. Tebow was allowed to participate in Florida public school sports as a home school student because Florida treats home school students differently than does Virginia.
Currently in the Commonwealth, home schoolers are prohibited from participating in public interscholastic sports programs. But three members of the House of Delegates are hoping to end this discrimination and have introduced bills being heard tomorrow morning in House Education sub-committee. Delegate Bill Carrico (R-5, Independence), Delegate Rob Bell (R-58, Charlottesville) and Delegate Dave Nutter (R-7, Christiansburg) will each present similar bills (HB 70, HB 926, HB 1001) tomorrow morning that would allow home schoolers in Virginia to participate in public interscholastic sports programs.
Virginia’s public school leviathan continues to hold the line that any child being home schooled should be treated as second-class citizens. Their potential is apparently considered a threat to public schools. The families of home school students pay the same taxes as others that support public schools yet they are banned from taking part in activities they help to subsidize.
Help end this discrimination. Contact members of the House Education Students and Daycare Sub-committee (click here) and urge them to vote for these bills.