Alabama’s “Tebow Bill” is moving forward.
New Ala. Bill May Allow Home-Schooled Athletes to Participate in Public School
WPMI Local 15 News by: Frank Morales
MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) A bill making its way through the Alabama State Legislature would allow students who are home-schooled to participate in public school athletics.SB 186, known as the “Tim Tebow Act”, passed the Alabama Senate Education Committee Wednesday, and is headed to the senate floor. The bill would still have to pass both houses and get the signature of Governor Robert Bentley for it become law.A standing law in Florida allowed New York Jets Quarterback Tim Tebow to play high school football while he was home-schooled, launching his football career.17-year-old golfer Dawson Mounse, a home-schooled athlete, said the current Alabama laws don’t allow him to take his other passion to the next level.
I don’t know if I’ve seen this argument before related to practice hours. But, in the affirmative, homeschoolers do have more free time to follow their passions (with no loss of actual learning). Senator Figures seems to resent that fact:
“The home-school child could have an unlimited number of hours to practice a certain sport,” Figures said. “When you play sports at public schools you have to have a certain grade point average. Well, the home-school children are home-schooled by their parents so they will give them the grade they think they deserve.”
It is true parents would give their kids the pertinent assessment related to their achievements. There seems to be an insinuation all homeschool parents would cheat (their kids and their community). All homeschooled families have fairly high standards and are pretty well tuned into their child’s level of learning.
Alabama.com reports this:
Tim Tebow Act’ clears Senate education committee
By Evan Belanger
This year’s proposal limits home-schooled students to athletics only, excluding them from other extracurricular activities.
“This bill has been deliberated for years now, and I’ve whittled it down for years now,” McGill said.
The committee approved the bill by a vote of 3-2 with support from McGill and Sens. Gerald Allen, R-Tuscaloosa, and Bill Holtzclaw, R-Madison.
Committee Chairman Dick Brewbaker, R-Pike Road, and Sen. Trip Pittman, R-Daphne, abstained.
The committee also approved today an amendment that would allow local superintendents to require proof of academic proficiency for any home-schooled students seeking to play public-school athletics.
Comments are always interesting on this issue and the Alabama.com site doesn’t fail in that regard. Besides the Senate Minority Leader, Figures, Alabama Superintendents oppose:
Tim Tebow Act (SB 186 by Sen. McGill) This bill squeaked out of committee on a 3-2 vote with 2 members of the committee abstaining. This bill is opposed by the Alabama High School Athletic Association and the School Superintendents of Alabama. It is now in position for a vote on the Senate floor.
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