The Tim Tebow bill has passed out of the Texas Senate the last three legislative sessions in a row. The bill would allow homeschool families equal access to public school extracurricular activities, which 35 other states already allow.
As my family learned the hard way, many homeschool families living in rural areas do not have access to the same extracurricular activities as public school students.
How My Family Was Affected
My younger sister, Olivia, has been homeschooled her entire life and has always been very athletic, especially excelling in volleyball. All she wanted was to participate in the sport she loves within her community without having to sacrifice her home education.
My family lives in the small rural town of Venus, Texas, and the nearest homeschool sports leagues often require a more than a two hour round trip drive multiple days per week in order to participate.
We realized that Olivia could not participate in sports unless we enrolled her in public school, so we did exactly that in the fall of 2018. Olivia loved playing volleyball and basketball for our local public schools and was one of their star players.
However, her public school education could not compare to her previous home education.
Homeschool parents provide each child with a unique education specifically tailored to their individual needs. Public school classes had more than 20 students and my sister could not possibly receive the custom, personal education that homeschooling offers.
Olivia and my parents stayed up late many nights discussing the proper course of action. They eventually decided that they could not sacrifice my sister’s education for access to extracurricular activities.
My sister disenrolled from public school after one semester to resume homeschooling, even though she cherished the ability to participate in the activity she loved and excelled at.
What Is the Solution?
Homeschoolers should not have to choose between a good home education and participating in the extracurricular activities that they already pay for. If the Tim Tebow bill passes, my sister could participate in the activity she excels at and continue to receive the form of education that is best for her.
How many more families would homeschool in Texas if they did not have to choose between a quality education and access to extracurricular activities? 35 other states already allow homeschoolers this type of access. Texas should be state 36.
If you agree that homeschoolers should be able to participate in UIL activities, please make your voice heard by signing the Tim Tebow bill petition. By doing so, you are helping us in Keeping Texas Families Free!