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Texas lawmakers consider Tim Tebow bill

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Should home-schooled students be allowed to play sports in public schools?

That's a question Texas lawmakers may soon decide.

The Tim Tebow bill is named after the former NFL player who played for a public school while being home-schooled in 2005.

Nearly half of the nation's states have already passed similar bills named for the athlete.

Angelina Simmons is the president of torch, a Texarkana home-school organization.

She says the option would have to depend on why the family is home-schooling the child to begin with.

"Some children have a natural ability and talent and to be able to be pursue that would be a good opportunity," said Simmons.

TISD Superintendent Paul Norton says there are still some questions that need to be answered about the bill.

"Making sure it's consistent and fair for all kids across the state of Texas is very important as this legislative session goes through," said Norton.

He says there are requirements that would need to be addressed.

For instance, meeting current academic standards is a critical component to being able to participate in sports.

Norton says costs are also a factor.

"The liability insurance we provide our student athletes, Would that be extended to a kid that's not enrolled in our district?" questioned Norton. "There's just a lot of logistic questions that we have."

The Tim Tebow bill must pass the Texas House before becoming law.

In Arkansas, the bill just recently passed.

Officials with the Texarkana, Arkansas School District say they'll be discussing the new policies options in their June school board meeting.

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