“Tebow Bill” Heads To Final House Vote In Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. (CBSDC/AP) — The proposed “Tebow Bill” is drawing ever closer to becoming law in Virginia.

Legislation to allow home-schooled children to play on the varsity teams of public schools they don’t attend has sailed easily to a House vote on final passage.

The bill advanced Wednesday’s definitive vote over objections Tuesday from opponents who said it fails to apply the same accountability to homeschoolers that it does to children in classrooms.

Bill sponsor Del. Rob Bell, R-Albemarle, said the unfairness is toward families who pay local taxes to support public education but are barred from extracurricular activities of the schools.

The bill is nicknamed for Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow. He was a Florida home-schooler who played public school sports before he won a Heisman Trophy at the University of Florida and led the Gators to a college football title.

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