One of The Family Foundation's highest priorities this year passed the House Education committee Monday morning and will be voted on by the full House of Delegates later this week. HB 1626, often called the "Tebow Bill," is legislation that would assist home school students in participating in public school sports. Please click here to contact your Delegate today and urge them to vote in favor of HB 1626 (Tebow Bill)!
Polling from VCU's Commonwealth Educational Policy Institute found that more than two-thirds of Virginians support equality for home schoolers! The home school sports bill, patroned by Delegate Rob Bell (R-58, Charlottesville), would break down barriers that prevent home school students from playing public high school sports by prohibiting localities from joining the Virginia High School League (VHSL), a pseudo-state/private entity that regulates public school sports. Under the provisions of the measure, localities would not be able to contract with VHSL if they don't allow home school students to participate. Half the states in the nation have some type of measure that provides opportunities to home school students to try out for public school sports.
No home school student is guaranteed a spot on a team. They are simply given the opportunity to try out. After years of angst over the proposal in other states, once passed, the fears of the education establishment have largely disappeared. In Florida, the executive director of that state's high school sports league said, "There was great opposition; principals felt like if my school is not good enough for you, why should my athletics be good enough? Now everybody's pretty much accepting of it. We had a big fuss over not much."
The children of families who pay taxes that support the local public schools and are part of our communities continue to be denied the ability to try out for an activity that they are funding for the simple reason that they are home schooled. This discriminatory practice must end.