Senate Education Committee approves ‘Tim Tebow bill’

By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

February 5, 2020

The “Tim Tebow bill” is back before the state Legislature after the House of Delegates voted against the legislation last year.

The West Virginia Senate Education Committee passed the measure, Senate Bill 131, on a voice vote Tuesday. It would allow home-schoolers to play public school sports in addition to allowing kids at private or religious schools — non-members of the West Virginia Secondary Activities Commission — to play sports at public schools.

The measure nicknamed after the former collegiate football player, who was home-schooled but took part in public school activities before enrolling at the University of Florida.

Bernie Dolan, the executive director of the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission, said the bill in its current form gives private non-member schools more rights than member schools that don’t offer some sports.