Evans Clinchy
Thursday February 9th, 2012

The Virginia House of Delegates voted 59 to 39 today in favor of a bill that would allow home-schooled students to participate in high school sports. The legislation's name? "The Tebow Bill."

The bill is of course named for Tim Tebow -- all five Tebow children grew up in Florida home-schooled by their mother, who raised them according to Christian values, but because of similar legislation passed in the Sunshine State in 1996, Tebow was able to excel in football at Nease High School in Ponte Vedra, Fla. Now a similar law could be enacted in Virginia, if it passes the state Senate.

Governor Bob McDonnell has said he intends to sign the bill if it reaches his desk.

“Home-school parents pay taxes like everybody else,” he told the Washington Post. “It’s just fair.”

There has also been vocal opposition to the bill, as detractors say home-schooled kids are not required to meet the same academic standards as public school students, and thus shouldn't have the same privileges athletically. “It’s about fairness for all students," said delegate Eileen R. Filler-Corn, who voted against the bill.

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