For the Tebow Bill, kickoff is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9. If the Tebow Bill wins, home schooled students who live within a public school’s district will be allowed to try out for that public school’s interscholastic activities. Sports and other extracurricular events like music and academic competitions will become accessible to home schoolers for the first time since UIL changed its rules to exclude home schoolers in 1915. (For more information visit: thsc.org/tebow)
Give your children the opportunity to participate in official competitions by:
Where: Room E2.036, Capitol Extension, Austin
When: April 9, 2:00 p.m.
2. Calling or emailing the House Education Committee and letting them know that you are for HB 1374.
Tebow Tidbits to Share
- It Works. 27 states already allow home school students to participate in UIL activities.
- Cost Shouldn’t Be the Issue. There are an estimated 320,000 home school students in Texas. Since the Texas comptroller estimates that educating a single student costs $11,000 annually, home schoolers save the state an estimated $3.5 billion annually.
- HB 1374 Helps Rural Home Schoolers. Many home school students who do not live in the metropolitan areas of Texas do not have opportunities to participate in athletics and other extracurricular activities. Oftentimes, the nearest home school family may live 50 miles away, even though a public school may be nearby.(For more factoids about the Tebow Bill, visit: thsc.org/tebow)
House Education Committee
Please call these members of the House Education Committee:
Rep. Marsha Farney – (512) 463-0309
Rep. Ken King – (512) 463-0736
Rep. Bennet Ratliff – (512) 463-0468
Rep. Mike Villarreal – (512) 463-0532
Please thank these committee members for supporting the bill:
Chairman Jimmie Don Aycock – email@example.com
Rep. Alma Allen – Alma.Allen@house.state.tx.us
Rep. Joe Deshotel – firstname.lastname@example.org
The bill author and bill co-authors in the committee would appreciate your thanks as well:
Rep. Harold V. Dutton, Jr. – email@example.com
Rep. John Davis – firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Dan Huberty – email@example.com
Rep. Justin Rodriguez – Justin.Rodriguez@house.state.tx.us
Town Hall Meeting for Your Tebow Bill Concerns
Occasionally, a home schooler comes to us concerned about the Tebow Bill, the bill that would allow home schoolers to participate in UIL activities. “Will government start to regulate home schoolers because of this bill?” they ask. Others are just curious and want to know how their home schooled students would participate in public school sports and other extracurricular activities.
If you, too, have questions or concerns, you are invited to share them with Tim Lambert during an Online Town Hall Meeting. The meeting will start at 7 p.m. tonight, Monday, April 8. Put it on your calendar and feel free to invite your friends!
To participate in this interactive event, register at: thsc.org/townhall