Public school interscholastic programs; participation of students receiving home instruction. (HB1442)

Introduced By

Del. Rob Bell (R-Charlottesville) with support from co-patrons Del. Peter Farrell (R-Henrico), Del. Scott Lingamfelter (R-Woodbridge), Del. Rick Morris (R-Carrollton), and Del. David Ramadan (R-South Riding)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Students receiving home instruction; participation in interscholastic programs. Prohibits public schools from joining an organization governing interscholastic programs that does not deem eligible for participation a student who (i) is receiving home instruction; (ii) has demonstrated evidence of progress for two consecutive academic years; (iii) is in compliance with immunization requirements; (iv) is entitled to free tuition in a public school; (v) has not reached the age of 19 by August 1 of the current academic year; vi) is an amateur who receives no compensation but participates solely for the educational, physical, mental, and social benefits of the activity; (vii) complies with all disciplinary rules and is subject to all codes of conduct applicable to all public high school athletes; and (viii) complies with all other rules governing awards, all-star games, maximum consecutive semesters of high school enrollment, parental consents, physical examinations, and transfers applicable to all high school athletes. The bill allows such students to be charged reasonable fees for participation. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/21/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13101671D
12/21/2012Referred to Committee on Education
01/11/2013Assigned Education sub: Students and Early Education
01/18/2013Impact statement from DPB (HB1442)
01/24/2013Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (7-Y 1-N)
01/28/2013Reported from Education with amendment (13-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2013Read first time
01/30/2013Read second time
01/30/2013Committee amendment agreed to
01/30/2013Engrossed by House as amended HB1442E
01/30/2013Printed as engrossed 13101671D-E
01/31/2013Read third time and passed House (56-Y 43-N)
01/31/2013VOTE: PASSAGE (56-Y 43-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2013Constitutional reading dispensed
02/01/2013Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/11/2013Impact statement from DPB (HB1442E)
02/14/2013Failed to report (defeated) in Education and Health (7-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 2 clips in all, totaling 13 minutes.


Judy R writes:

This bill (the "Tebow Bill") is a chance for home-schooled kids to play on sports teams with their neighbors.

Pam Lawrence writes:

This is a controversial bill which was debated and defeated last year. It is opposed by a overwhelming majority of public school parents/students. It was opposed by the VHSL, VEA, Virginia PTA, Virginia School Superintendent Association and Virginia High School Principal Association. If you want the priviledge to represent the school, attend the school. If you want to play sports with your neighbors, join their club team. The school experience is not 'a la carte'. Public School students must meet stringent grade and attendance and behavior requirements to compete, which there is no way to authenticate for home-schooled kids other than their non-objective parent-instructor. Tim Tebow played the system to attend a school where they would let him be quarterback, instead of his home-school where they wanted him play a different position. I do not think he should be used as a role model to follow around the country.

John Kendrick writes:

Does the state accept our tax dollars for the public schools sector? If the bill is NOT passed we as home educators should receive a tax credit. If we are to be excluded from participation in public school sports then we should be excluded from the same tax laws. It should be fair laws across the board.

A. Wilson writes:

67% of Virginians favor allowing homeschoolers to participate in public school sports.

Waldo Jaquith writes:

The Washington Post has editorialized in support of this bill, writing:

Our reservations about the so-called “Tebow Bill” have been rooted in a belief that issues about athletic eligibility, student activities and what constitutes a school community shouldn’t be usurped by Richmond.

It is clear, though, that the group entrusted with helping to make those determinations needs to revisit rules that have become too rigid. Local school districts that want to include home-schooled students are barred from even trying.

Michael Allebaugh writes:

Please pass House Bill 1442. My children deserve to play public school sports just as much as anyone else. I do pay public school taxes and it's only fair.

M. Allebaugh

Todd Rich writes:

Killed by the Senate committee today. How sad. It would simply turn the power of whether to allow it over to localities.

Teacher unions are overreaching, and they really showed their pettiness this time.