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Should Home-Schoolers Be Sidelined From High School Teams?

Over the weekend, a Washington Post sports writer had a piece in the paper’s opinion section decrying legislation in Virginia that would allow home-schooled students to play sports at their local high schools. Lawmakers are calling it the “Tebow bill” for Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, a home-schooled Floridian who played football for his hometown team. The bill has generated quite a stir, with proponents arguing that it’s only fair to give home-schooled kids a chance to participate with their neighbors—after all, their parents pay taxes, too—and opponents arguing that it’s unfair to let home-schoolers take slots from kids who march through class all day to the high school beat. In an op-ed Sunday, Post sportswriter Preston Williams weighed in on the side of the opponents: 

If you’re not eligible to wear a cap and gown, you shouldn’t be eligible to wear a cap and glove. If your only mention in the yearbook is in the caption of a team photo, then you’re not a part of a school’s fabric.

What do you think? Should states let home-schoolers join their hometown squads?

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