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Miss. Senate Kills Bill to Let Home School Kids Play Public School Sports

JACKSON, Miss. – State senators decided home schooled students should continue to not be allowed to play sports or participate other extracurricular activities at public schools Thursday. The bill that would have allowed that, nicknamed the “Tim Tebow Act,” failed with a 17 to 31 vote against it.

Senator Hob Bryan argued he wouldn’t vote for the bill since it contained no language requiring home schooled students to meet the same academic standards as public school students in order to participate in activities. So, failing students could drop out and still play football.  When an amendment to include that provision was suggested, it was rejected.

Senator Fillingane Sumrall argued that parents of home school students pay taxes so their children should be able to participate.

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