(WASHINGTON TIMES) RICHMOND — A push by home-schoolers to get their children onto Virginia’s public school playing fields died in the General Assembly on Thursday, with Democrats leading the charge against the so-called “Tebow bill.”
The measure, which passed the House this year after failing the last two years, was killed by a Senate committee lobbied by the state’s public school sports league and teachers associations. The groups argued the bill would create an unlevel playing field for public-school students, who would be subject to more stringent eligibility requirements than their home-schooled counterparts.
“Every single parent who chooses to home-school their kid knows what the ground rules are,” Senate Minority Leader Richard L. Saslaw said. “Parents know that choice, and they know what the ramifications are.”
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Mr. Saslaw, Fairfax Democrat, said passing the bill could portend additional requests for home-schoolers in future years.
“It’s the camel’s nose under the tent,” he said.