Giving Home-Schooled Kids Access To Public School Sports
By Dr. Marciene Mattleman
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - Katie Wormald is a soccer player. She’s been playing since she’s been 5 and, now seventeen, she plans to play in college. But because she is home-schooled, learning in her living room instead of in classes, living in Virginia, she’s barred from playing on a public high school team.
But the Tebow bill, named for NFL quarterback Tim Tebow, who was home-schooled in Florida yet did have the opportunity to play on a local team, is now being considered by the Legislature, allowing Virginia kids to enjoy competitive school sports.
Sixteen states permit home-schooled kids to play sports in public schools, according to Anita Kumar in The Washington Post. Nine others leave the decision to localities.
While the State calculates 32,000 home-schooled kids in Virginia who might benefit, it’s suggested that it’s twice that number.
Watch the news to see if the Tebow bill passes and Virginia’s kids have the opportunity to play on teams with public schools kids.