SB 929 by Paxton/HB 1374 By Dutton
A small but vocal contingent of home school families has voiced concerns that the Tim Tebow Bill will lead to increased regulation of home schools. The Texas Home School Coalition has received a wealth of support from an overwhelming majority of home schoolers who are in favor of the Tim Tebow Bill. The ratio of home school families who called to support the bill to those who called in opposition was approximately four to one. At the hearing, approximately three times as many home school families registered in supported of the bill as those who opposed it.
Concern: The Tim Tebow Bill separates home schools from traditional private schools by adding a definition of “home school” into the law. This addition would place a “foot in the door” for future regulation of home schools.
Response: The Tim Tebow Bill references a definition of “home school” that was written into Chapter 29.916 of the education code six years ago. Texas law already distinguishes between home schools and traditional private schools in several sections, and no increased regulations have arisen as a result.
Concern: The Tim Tebow Bill’s testing requirement usurps parental authority.
Response: Subsection D of the Tim Tebow Bill explicitly outlines that the parent retains ultimate authority and oversight of all academic standards relating to participation in UIL activities.
Concern: Many other states allow home schoolers to participate in UIL activities and those states are high regulation.
Response: Twenty-seven other states, both high- and low-regulation, already allow home school students to participate in public school interscholastic activities. None of those 27 states have seen increased regulation as a result of their Tim Tebow laws.
Concern: There’s no need for this legislation because private and home schools already have full opportunities available to them.
Response: Home school students who live in rural areas of Texas do not have the same opportunities as students who live in the metropolitan areas. Many of them must drive for hours to reach the nearest sports, music, or drama program available to them. Additionally, home school students do not have the option of playing in the private school league (TAPPS).