Thursday, March 29, 2007

Alabama's Tim Tebow Bill

Tim Tebow Mania is sweeping the south, including of all places, Alabama. House bill No. 440 — nicknamed the Tim Tebow Bill — is currently working its way through the Alabama legislature.
The bill calls for allowing home-schooled students equal access to sports and extracurricular activities at public schools.

The bill is named after Tebow because he was a home-schooled student who played football at Florida's Nease High. A bill similar to the Alabama measure was passed in Florida in 1996, clearing the way for Tebow and other home-schoolers to play for public high schools.

Tebow Mania doesn't stop there. Andy Staples of the Tampa Tribune reports that a website has been created titled Tim Tebow Facts, "which are essentially an homage to a popular Internet tribute to actor Chuck Norris with Tebow's name substituted for Norris'." Among the facts: "Tim Tebow once got Blackjack with one card."


Anonymous said...

I want to MOTORBOAT that girl! lol

grahambous said...

Tebow playes at Nease High School. St Augustine is their rival school. Nease is in St. John's County and Tebow lived on the Westside of Jacksonville (about 40 miles away). He "lived" in an apartment in St. John's county to gain the necessary residence to attend school at Nease.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this, Alexander. Correction made.

Unknown said...

i'm sorry, were there words in that story?

Michael Pigott said...

Who cares if your mom teaches you that the South won the Civil War. Can you throw the ball and call a hot route? Yeah! Here's your scholly.

This is another case of the dumbing down of America.

gdiddy said...

Who will pay for these students? Public schools are funded based on enrollment, these students will be a drain on alredy strained funds. Will private school students be next in line? Does it really matter if other states are doing it or not?
Think about the effect on the state school system not on one or two individuals. If parents think this is so important and want their child to have access to public acticities then put them in public schools. Don't expect the public to bear an additional burden.

Anonymous said...

In response to the last comment, public schools are funded not by enrollment but by taxes that everyone pays, not just the kids who are enrolled in them. If home school kids are paying for these schools then they should have the access to the extracurricular activities that public school kids have. Another reason that the current system is unfair to home school kids is the scholarship chances that it provides. I have played football for the past two years on a home school team with seniors who have the ability to play at a division 1 school like Alabama or Auburn, but are never looked at because they are home school kids. Now if you allowed these kids to play on a public school team then they would have a much better chance to go play football at a good school. Take Tim Tebow for example, would he have gotten a chance to play for Florida if he had not been playing for a public school? Probably not.

gdiddy said...

The schools are funded by taxes but the collected taxes are divided to the schools based on enrollment. If a school has 100 kids they receive funds for those 100. If an additional 10 are allowed to participate as unenrolled students the money to support their partcipation is taken from those who are enrolled.
If a parent is willing to pay in full, which would include any public funds used as well as any fees that enrolled students are required to pay to participate, for their child to participate in an extracurricular activity then they should be allowed to participate.
The parent made the choice of not using the public school system knowing that they would be paying taxes so they should be prepared to shoulder the responsibilities that come with that choice.