This article was originally published in print in Parent News magazine in South Carolina…
Just in case you missed it a couple of weeks ago in the paper or on the news, I’d like to remind all the homeschoolers that the Equal Access to Interscholastic Activities Act, better known as the Tebow Law, is now on the books. Basically, it means that your kids can now participate in public school extracurricular activities such as sports and the arts. The law is named after football star Tim Tebow who was homeschooled but played football at a local public school in Florida. With this law, South Carolina joins 29 other states with similar laws.
Check out the various websites and the news reports to get a better idea of the specifics. Just Google “SC Equal Access to Interscholastic Activities Act” and it will pull up the official bill and lots of other information.
Here are a few specifics I noticed in the reading the bill…
- ‘Home school student’ is a child taught in accordance with Section 59-65-40, 59-65-45, or 59-65-47 and has been taught in accordance with one of these sections for a full academic year prior to participating in an interscholastic activity pursuant to this section.”
- ‘Interscholastic activities’ includes, but is not limited to, athletics, music, speech, and other extracurricular activities.
From what I’ve heard, the schools in my area have received homeschoolers very well and there haven’t been any problems. Just be aware though that not all schools or their staff will be very open to it. I’d recommend knowing the law very well if you have any problems and don’t hesitate to take any complaints up the ladder as far as you need to. If that doesn’t work, plan B might be causing a ruckus with the media and the homeschool bloggers.