This week I followed up with Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock, chairman of the House Public Education Committee. He had previously expressed his support for HB 1374, the “Tim Tebow Bill,” which would allow Texas home schoolers to participate in UIL activities.
He told me that he would not allow a vote on the bill in yesterday’s hearing and seemed uncertain of his support. I pointed out the same reasons we have given before and also let him know that Arkansas is about to become the 28th state to let home school students have equal access to extracurricular activities in public schools.
I am concerned that Chairman Aycock is getting calls from coaches and superintendents who are against the bill and that he could be “slow walking” the bill by waiting as long as possible to pass it out of committee, or not allow a vote at all, in spite of the fact that seven or eight of the 11 committee members support the bill. As we learned last session, a bill can be effectively killed by simply waiting so long to pass it out of committee that it does not have time to get a vote on the House floor.
The home school community needs to contact Chairman Aycock’s office and politely ask him to support HB 1374 and allow the bill to be voted out of committee as soon as possible. Below are some points you can make. Please be polite!
Call Chairman Aycock.
Office: (512) 463-0684
District: (254) 690-1752
Committee: (512) 463-0804
- 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)