FRANKFORT – The Kentucky House of Representatives passed House Bill 58, informally dubbed the ‘Tim Tebow’ bill, Tuesday. If signed into law, House Bill 58 would allow homeschool students to participate in public school extracurricular activities for the school in their respective district.
The legislation, sponsored by Stan Lee, R-Lexington, enables any home school student to be eligible to participate in any interscholastic activity held by their public school. The student will be assigned to a school based on the school district they live in, or which the student could choose to attend, pursuant to district open enrollment provisions.
“This bill will give kids a chance,” said Rep. Lee. “I have had parents come to me with the heartbreaking dilemma of both wanting their children to be able to participate in school-related extracurricular functions, but also feel the need to give their children the education that they see fit. That is not a choice a parent should have to make.”
House Bill 58 would require participating children to maintain all behavioral and academic standards that the children attending the public school have to. This measure would also require parents to comply with and pay any fees that the school may require.
The legislation will now be sent to the Senate for consideration.