W.Va. Senate OKs ‘Tebow’ bill for homeschool athletes

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – The West Virginia Senate has approved a “Tim Tebow” bill to let homeschooled students play for school sports teams.

The bill passed by a 25-8 margin Wednesday, moving it to the House.

It would let homeschooled students play for nearby public schools under the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission. Private schools could allow the practice.

Students would have to meet the same standards as other members of school teams. They would need to take standardized tests or show a portfolio of work to prove they meet academic requirements.

In the bill, students at private schools that don’t offer certain sports could also play for other schools that do.

Tebow played for Florida private and public schools while he was homeschooled, and advanced to a stint in the NFL.

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