As had been rumored since last weekend, Governor Terry McAuliffe confirmed today that he has vetoed the “Tebow Bill,” legislation that would break down barriers that prevent home school students from playing public high school sports. More than 70 percent of Virginians support equality for home school students, and the proposal is endorsed by the Washington Post.
It’s obviously disappointing that the Governor has vetoed this reasonable legislation despite widespread public support for providing home school kids equal access to public school sports. This legislation even gave local school boards the option of prohibiting participation in sports by home school kids.
While the Governor indicated concern that home school kids don’t have to meet the same “stringent academic requirements” that public school students face, the fact is home school students routinely outperform their public school counterparts academically.
Nearly thirty other states have found a way to provide equal access to sports for home school students.
I do want to thank all of you who sent letters or emails to the Governor on this issue. Hundreds of you responded to our Action Alerts, and for that we are truly grateful! Despite the Governor’s intolerance toward home school families, we are confident that, eventually, Virginia will join a majority of states in providing this opportunity for home school students.