'Tebow Bill' May Allow Home-Schoolers to Play on High School Teams

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Named for Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow who was allowed to play sports at his local high school during his home-school days, a new bill could give Virginian home-schooled students the chance to play sports with their peers. While some are applauding the opportunity for these students to have a chance to participate, others say it's unfair to taxpayers.

Patrick Foss is a home-schooled soccer player heading to the University of Virginia in the fall to play college soccer.

Ken Tilley is the executive director of the Virginia High School League.


Patrick Foss and Ken Tilley

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Mythili Rao

Comments [5]


Public schools are paid for by all tax payers. If a home schooled child wants an opportunity to participate, his/her parent pays into the pool, so there is no reason to exclude that child from trying out for the local team.

Feb. 08 2012 10:41 PM
David Lightstone

Paying property taxes for the specific and only purpose of funding the PUBLIC education is a responsibility shared by the society. It is not a financial transaction between the society and a parent in which the parent pays taxes for the specific purpose of paying for the education of that parent's children. Sadly there are some irresponsible politicians who are attempting to transform this shared responsibility into a financial transaction.

There are those who wish to have a private or religious education for their children. If you are affuent enough by all means do so. The education might just be better. Certainly Mr Romney has benifited greatly from attending Cranbrook Academy. I am glad my parents did not have to pay for his education. I pay property taxes not as a means of paying for the education of my children (I have none) or the children of my friends.

I get no tax credit for not having children. Why should those who self school their own children or send them to private schools get one?

Feb. 07 2012 10:06 AM

Some parents home school their kids as a last desperate measure- their child may have a learning disability or be dealing with a bullying situation, as we did. Should we further punish these taxpayers, and these children, because their local school was unable to provide a healthy learning environment?

Feb. 07 2012 09:37 AM
Kristi Burch from Myrtle Beach, SC

We pay our property tax. We elect to educate our students with in the home-school guidelines of our state. However we don't have any tax credit for these few years while paying property tax and paying for school. Until we have a tax break we should have more opportunities from the public school system. These opportunities should apply to homeschooling and private school. I think opportunities like sports, special needs testing, standardized testing, and library resources. I see it as a tax issue. Change our tax situation and my perspective will change.

Feb. 07 2012 09:29 AM
Mike from Miami

Obviously there was a time when the Viginia High School League didn’t allow black students to compete either. It’s interesting it took until 1969 (15 years after Brown vs. Kansas Board of Education) for the VHSL to fully-integrate high school sports in Virginia.
I don’t mean to imply integration is equivalent to this current legislation but merely to point out ignorance and exclusion is an unfortunate part of the Virginia High School League’s well-documented, tarnished history.

Feb. 07 2012 07:38 AM

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