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Virginia home-schooled students may be able to play high school sports through new bill

Virginia home-schooled students may...

VIRGINIA - In Virginia, the state's Senate approved a bill that would allow home-schooled students to play high school sports.

The bill is commonly known as the "Tebow Bill", named after former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow, who was allowed to play football for a high school while he was being home-schooled.

The Senate voted 22 to 18 in favor of the bill.

We spoke to Democratic Senator Lynwood Lewis of Accomac, who was one of the Senators who voted for the bill.

Senator Lewis tells 47 ABC that the bill has been proposed in the pass and he has even voted against it, but last year the bill made significant changes, such as making it a local option for school systems, if they decide to participate.

Senator Lewis says those who are home schooled need certain qualifications to participate. Those students have to have certain immunization requirements and they can pay reasonable fees to participate. They also have to have demonstrate two years of sufficient academic progress.

The bill will be sent to Governor Terry McAulifee, but we are told that McAuliffe plans to veto it.

In 2015 and 2016, the bills were passed by the General Assembly, but were vetoed by McAuliffe. 


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