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Bill Would Allow Home-School Students to Play on Local Team

A bill that would allow Indiana home-school students to play on their local high school teams is headed to the senate. The legislation, authored by Rep. Tim Wesco, (R-Mishawaka), was approved this week by the Indiana house on a 60-30 vote.

Wesco says he decided to draft the legislation after being approached by parents of home-schoolers whose children want the opportunity to play sports in high school. Wesco was a home-school student and wanted to participate in track but couldn‘t. Currently, 21 states allow home-school students to participate in public school sports, including Arizona, Colorado and Florida.

The most famous example is Tim Tebow, Heisman trophy-winning quarterback in college and now a quarterback in the NFL. The bill would allow Hoosier students who have been home-schooled for at least the previous three years to participate in sports at the local high school where they live.

But to be eligible, they would have to pass a nationally recognized test annually to assess their basic skills. Opponents argue it sets up an uneven playing field for students.

Public school students must meet certain grade requirements between three and six times a year while a home-schooled student would only have to pass one annual test.

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