Tebow bill being considered by state legislature

Tebow bill being considered by state legislature

New bill would allow home school students to play on public school sports teams.

House bill 503, also known as the Tebow Bill, is being proposed to the Alabama Legislature once again.

The bill would allow home school students to play on public school sports teams.

Those who oppose the bill say it gives an unfair advantage in regards to academic standard, code of conduct and practice time.

"Studies have shown in other states, that because of that unfair advantage of practice time - home school students have extra time to practice,” said Superintendent of Houston County, Tim Pitchford. “Students are actually dropping out of school and going the home bound route so they have more time to practice.”

So far, 29 states, including Florida, have approved similar bills.

State Representative Donnie Chesteen feels all parties influenced by the bill should be involved in the discussion.

"I think it’s very important that they high school athletic association be at the table rather than having it passed by the legislature and forced upon you. You know - if you see it coming, I think it's very important that you should be working with the parties to have imput into how the bills are written."

Chesteen said he believes it is only a matter of time before the bill is passed and if that's the case Pitchford said measures will be taken to level the playing field.

"As a school board we'll have to work along with the high school athletic association to make sure all students are participating on a fair playing field and other home school students do not have an unfair advantage," said Pitchford.

The bill must be approved by the house and senate before heading to the governor's desk for his signature.

If signed into law the bill would take effect in June.
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