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Tim Tebow News: 'Tebow Bill' allowing homeschooled athletes to compete at public schools runs into opposition [VIDEO]

Glenn Minnis
By Glenn Minnis @glennnyc
on Mar 18, 2014 09:44 AM EDT
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Former Denver Broncos QB Tim Tebow (Photo : Reuters )

Educators, including principals and superintendents, are lining up in opposition to a bill known as the "Tim Tebow Act" that would allow homeschooled athletes to compete for their local public high school.

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According to WHNT.com, the bill has already gained approval by an Alabama House Committee and now awaits a vote on the entire house floor. Formally known as HB 503, the bill is named after Tebow, who memorably led his Florida high school to a state title while being homeschooled during his senior year. At least 29 other states already have some version of the Tebow Act on the books.

Tebow later accepted a scholarship to Florida, where he led the Gators to a national title and was named a Heisman Trophy award winner.

Most critics of the bill claim it gives homeschool athletes an unfair advantage over traditional students based on varying standards on coursework and daily scheduling.

"There certainly will be a different standard for students who are not here in the daily grind every day," Alabama high school principal Robby Parker told WHNT.com.. "Students are in class with their nose to the grindstone with very rigorous academic standards from 8:15 to 3:27 every day. Students that are not here may have the opportunity to take a class in the morning, go out and shoot some hoops, go to the weight room, do whatever they want to do...I love Tim Tebow, I'm a Tim Tebow fan...I don't believe this is the best thing for our students."

Tebow Bill advocates counter homeschool families pay taxes that fund schools like all other taxpayers and thus their children have the rights to equal access of athletic opportunities.

After leaving Florida, Tebow went on to play three NFL seasons, his best coming with the Denver Broncos in 2011 when he passed for 1,729 yards and 12 touchdowns.

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