Out of the great state of Virginia:
As usual, there is a total lack of comprehension when it comes to Homeschool kids rights and the public school’s responsibilities towards them. Homeschooled children do not participate in the public school environment, but their parents’ tax dollars do! And they have no choice about that. So what happens when kids want to play sports at public school, like Tim Tebow did when he was growing up?
Interesting to see that public school administrators have signed contracts with a private entity, VHSL, which actively discriminates in the precise way public school groups so vehemently favor.
The Virginia High School League offered their own glass-half-empty statement in opposition to the legislation, explaining that, “If a non-student makes the team, a student attending the school will not.” The VHSL statement also quoted an ominous warning from former State Superintendent for Public Instruction William Bosher, that “Allowing students who are homeschooled to participate in high school athletics could change the entire structure of high school athletics.”
But would this earth-shattering “change” to “the entire structure” be good or bad?
The legislation has been dubbed “The Tebow Bill,” after Tim Tebow, the NFL’s rookie sensation, who led the Denver Broncos to the playoffs. Before that Tebow was a Heisman Trophy winning quarterback for the University of Florida and before that he was a homeschool kid allowed to play football for his local public high school. Of course, homeschoolers are sometimes a little unconventional. Tebow has consistently failed to get arrested on drug or gun charges and, even more controversially, he talks about his religious faith.
For the last time folks, taxpayers have rights too. And school Administrators can’t refuse homeschool students access… They are taxpayers too.