Covering High School Sports in America
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Tim Tebow at Nease

Tim Tebow starred for Nease (Ponte Verda, Fla.) even though he was a home-schooled student, taking advantage of a Florida High School Athletic Association rule that allowed home-schooled students to participate on high school teams.

Home-schooled kids in Virginia won't get that chance, as the Washington Post reports that a senate committee killed the so-called "Tebow" bill after it had passed the house. Republicans in the Senate Education and Health Committee supported the bill, except for one, and Republican governor Robert F. McDonnell also supported it. The Post reports that Democrats oppose the measure, which has been introduced often since 2005, because they think it would hurt public schools.

Critics voiced concerns that home-schooled students would not have to live up to the same academic standards that public school kids would have to.

The bill would have taken an approach of banning Virginia public schools from teaming with the Virginia High School League sanctioning organization, which governs prep sports in the commonwealth. The VHSL bans home-schooled students from participation

According to the Home School Legal Defense Association, 16 states allow home-schooled kids to participate at public schools and nine more do not have rules prohibiting it, instead leaving the decision up to schools or other localities.