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Chrissy Warrilow

Should "Tebow Laws" Pass In Georgia?

By Chrissy WarrilowPosted May 16, 2012 5:58pm (EDT)
Grady High School's football team squares off against Blessed Trinity. (Photo: GPB)

Grady High School's football team squares off against Blessed Trinity. (Photo: GPB)


While most students are closing their books and saying "goodbye" to school, those who study at home continue to learn throughout the summer. In addition to maintaining focus on algebra and social studies, they are also dedicating their time to community sports teams.

But what happens when a homeschool student is really, really good.... good enough, in fact, to qualify for the varsity team if they were a "normal" public school student? Should they enroll in the local public school so that they can participate in that varsity team? Or should laws be put in place that allow "homeschool kids" to compete in public schools' athletic teams?

Such conundrums surround the "Tebow Laws" that are pending legislation throughout the United States. According to Time Magazine, 29 states already allow homeschooled students to participate in public high school teams. Another 12 states are considering enacting legislation, including Virginia and Georgia. The "Tebow Laws" received their nickname from Tim Tebow, who - as a homeschooler - moved to an area of Florida that allowed him to compete with a public high school team.

So what do you think, Georgia? In a state well known for its high school football, should the gridiron be opened up for fellow homeschool students? Or should a spot on the Varsity team be earned by public school students only?

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