Tim Tebow Bill Passes Senate Education Committee

Yesterday there was some movement on the Tim Tebow bill that allows home school students to try out for extracurricular activities at their local public school.

The bill passed the Senate Education Committee yesterday, and is on its way to the entire Arkansas Senate for this week.

If you would like to contact your senator about this bill, you can leave a message for him or her at (501) 682-2902.

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2 Responses to Tim Tebow Bill Passes Senate Education Committee

  1. Lynda Altman says:

    I have been folllowing this bill and with the addition of amendment 2, I think it is going to cause an excessive burden for homeschoolers. The bill as it currently reads will require homeschool students who want to participate in extra-curricular activities to submit to norm-referenced standardized tests every semester instead of yearly. For students in grades 10 through 12 this will impose testing twice a year at a cost of $50-$100 per student per year if they participate activities that span more than one semester.

    Prior to amendment 2, I was in favor of this bill passing the senate. Since requirement for additional testing was added, I fear that this opens the door to further homeschool regulations and that the requirements are excessive and discriminatory to homeschooled kids.

  2. Freeman Hunt says:

    Is the testing requirement intended to equalize homeschooled students requirements to the semester by semester GPA requirements imposed on public school students for participation in extracurriculars?

    If so, I can accept that compromise. I know that a lot of public schoolers have voiced concerns that their children are required to maintain certain academic standards for participation and that it would be unfair for homeschoolers to be exempt from the same standards. If this amendment addresses their concerns, I don’t have a problem with it.

    Homeschoolers who do not want to participate in public school extracurriculars would not have to comply. In my opinion, it is not unreasonable to ask us to make some concessions to state requirements when we are requesting access to directly related state services.

    Now whether or not there should be academic performance requirements placed on students of any classification for participation in extracurriculars is another issue…