HUNTSVILLE, Ala.(WHNT)-Should homeschool athletes get to play and compete for their local public high school? That’s the focus of the so-called “Tebow Act”, which is back on the radar of the Alabama Legislature.
HB 503 is named after former Florida quarterback and Heisman Winner Tim Tebow, who famously led his high school to a state championship during his senior year while being homeschooled. 29 other states already have similar versions of the Tebow Act, but not Alabama.
The House Education Committee passed the bill this week, which now awaits a vote on the floor. Rep. Phil Williams (R-Huntsville) says the legislation is long overdue.
“I think everyone should be able to participate provided they follow the rules,” said Williams. “If so many other states have found a way to make it happen, we need to find a way.”
The AEA and Alabama High School Athletic Association have tried to block similar legislation in the past, arguing that it would take away team slots for public school students. But proponents say homeschool families pay taxes that fund schools like everyone else, and deserve equal access.
“I think us passing this in committee is a message to the professionals in the education business in Montgomery,” said Rep. Williams. “Come on. If others can do this, let’s do it here too.”