RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — After years of trying, a bill allowing home-schooled children to play sports at public schools may have found the conservative Virginia General Assembly it needs to become law.

Called the “Tebow Law” for the Denver Broncos quarterback who was a Florida home schooler, there are three House bills that would open public school stadiums and gyms to children who aren’t enrolled there.

Advocates say home school families pay school taxes and deserve access to sports teams.

Opponents, including state teachers and superintendents groups, say it would wreck eligibility requirements and leave public school teachers, students and their families resentful.

One key legislative opponent, House Education Committee Chairman Bob Tata, says it would spawn high school recruiting wars for blue-chippers eager to play on championship teams for elite college scouts.

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