Tim Tebow Voted Down, Sent to Interim Study

Sen. Gilbert Baker’s SB 842, the Tim Tebow home school bill, was voted down today in the Senate Education Committee.  If you followed our Twitter feed this morning, you probably saw that several senators wanted to review the bill during the interim. After being voted down on a voice-vote, the bill was referred for further study between now and the next legislative session.

The bill received two votes: One from Sen. Kim Hendren and one from Sen. Johnny Key.  Sen. Elliot, along with others on the committee, asked that the bill be sent to an interim study for further review. This means that Senator Baker may be able to bring the bill back up at the legislative session in 2011.

The bill would have allowed home school students to participate in extracurricular activities at their local public school.  Right now home schoolers are not allowed to compete against public school students in athletics, due to AAA regulations. A couple of senators raised concerns that the bill might create disparities between existing AAA policies and the law.

This bill, along Rep. Cook’s bad home school bill, will be weighed by lawmakers during the interim. I doubt that Rep. Cook’s bill will be brought back up in 2011, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Sen. Baker runs his at that time. Several states either currently have or are considering similar Tim Tebow laws, so this issue is not likely to go away.

About David Cox

David is a former home school student. In 2007 he graduated from John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, with a bachelors degree in Business Administration. He currently works as Education Alliance's primary IT employee, webmaster, and blogger. David and his wife live in Little Rock.
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One Response to Tim Tebow Voted Down, Sent to Interim Study

  1. Maria John says:

    This is great! Well I imagine AAA regulaions where made based on needs that where needed at the time they where made and now being other situations the regulations can be reviewed again and make new changes. I don’t see why is it so hard to go over it again. Is it time that it will take to read it? Home schooling parents are part of this country and state and is true we all pay taxes just the same. We choose to stay home to teach our kids why is this so punished by the school district and the government?