Tim Tebow Bill, which would allow home-schoolers to compete in UIL sports, passes in Texas Senate

The Tim Tebow Bill, which would allow home-schoolers to participate with their local public schools in UIL athletics and other activities, has passed in the Texas Senate.

Now it will be considered in the Texas House and then voted on. Both chambers of the legislature must approve it before it is signed into law.

The Senate passed it by a 21-7 vote.

From Terrence Stutz in Austin:

Called the "Tim Tebow" bill by supporters - named for the Heisman trophy winner and current New York Jets quarterback who was home schooled as a youth - the bill drew mild opposition from some public education groups. Some home school supporters also dislike the idea, but the Texas Home School Coalition voiced its support, rejecting the notion that it will lead to increased government regulation of home schoolers.

According to the Texas Home School Coalition, there are 27 states that allow home school students to participate in their versions of UIL.

Arizona Arkansas Colorado Florida Idaho Illinois Iowa Louisiana Maine Massachusetts Minnesota Nevada New Jersey New Hampshire New Mexico North Dakota Ohio Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee Utah Vermont Washington Wyoming

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