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‘Tim Tebow’ bill fails to make first down with VACo in opposition

On January 23, VACo spoke in opposition to HB 2102 (Freitas), also known as the “Tim Tebow” bill, which would prohibit public schools from participating in interscholastic programs such as the Virginia High School League if they did not allow participation from students receiving home instruction. This is perennial effort named after NFL star Tim Tebow, who was allowed to play high school football in Florida while receiving home instruction.

VACo is concerned with any measures that may divert public funding to non-public education and was joined in opposition by the Virginia High School League, Virginia School Boards Association, and Virginia Association of School Superintendents among other education groups. The bill failed to report on a 10-11 vote in the House Education Committee. This marks the second time in as many years that this bill has been defeated in Committee.

VACo Contact: Jeremy Bennett

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