Kentucky may get 'Tebow' bill


Florida's Tim Tebow raises The Coaches' Trophy after receiving it from former Florida National Championship quarterback Chris Leak, at back, during the Gator National Championship Celebration at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville Sunday, January 11, 2009.

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Published: Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at 8:39 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at 8:39 a.m.

The Kentucky Legislature website reports the bill was introduced into the Kentucky senate on January ninth. It reads as follows:

AN ACT relating to interscholastic athletics.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky:

SECTION 1. A NEW SECTION OF KRS CHAPTER 158 IS CREATED TO READ AS FOLLOWS:

As used in Sections 1 and 2 of this Act, unless the context requires otherwise, "home school" means a nonpublic school in which one (1) or more children of not more than two (2) families or households receive full-time supervised academic instruction from a parent, legal guardian, or member of either household.

SECTION 2. A NEW SECTION OF KRS CHAPTER 158 IS CREATED TO READ AS FOLLOWS:

(1) A student enrolled in a home school is eligible to try out for interscholastic athletics sponsored by or engaged in by the public school to which the student would be assigned according to district school board attendance policies or which the student could choose to attend pursuant to district open enrollment provisions. A home school student selected to participate in interscholastic athletics shall:

(a) Pay any participation or activity fee in an amount equal to the fee charged to public school participants;

(b) Adhere to the same standards of behavior, responsibility, performance, and code of conduct as other participants of the team or activity;

(c) Adhere to the same academic standards as other participants of the team or activity, with those standards confirmed by appropriate documentation provided by the student to the public school providing the activity in which the student will participate; and

(d) Register with the school his or her intent to participate in interscholastic athletics as a representative of the school before the beginning date of the season for the activity in which he or she wishes to participate.

(2) No public school shall discriminate against a home school student in the selection of interscholastic team members.

(3) No public school team or group shall be impeded from competing against any other public school team or group solely because the public school's team or group includes home school students.

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