In April, Arkansas’ House Bill 1789 became Act 1469 with Governor Beebe’s signature. Northwest Arkansas Times reports on the ‘Time Tebow Law’ passage. In The Examiner, an Arkansas homeschooler, Linda Altman, also reports on the bill’s progress on the way to becoming law.
HB 1789 addresses key issues like restricting homeschool students to be able to play only for the school they would be assigned to if they attended public school. This eliminates recruiting by high schools. The bill addresses eligibility and prevents a public school student who loses eligibility from transferring to a homeschool in order to play. The bill gives homeschoolers the same right to try out for and play on a team if they meet the same requirements as public school kids.
The Sifting Herald‘s reporter, Jamal Brown, reports some school districts were pursing a homeschool participation policy before this bill’s passage.
According to Ruggles, the Arkadelphia School District was preparing to move forward with a policy regardless as to the legislature’s decision. The measure needed two readings in order to be effective.
“After the first reading the state made it a law, so it didn’t need a second reading,” Ruggles said.
Because legislatures have approved a policy of their own, the proposed policy by the district is now void.
According to Ruggles, the standards set by the state’s policy are lower than those the district had proposed for its policy. “Their law makes it easier,” explained Ruggles.