State Senate Committee OKs UIL Homeschool Measure

AUSTIN (April 2, 2013)--The Texas Senate Education Committee endorsed a bill Tuesday that would allow home-schooled children to participate in University Interscholastic League sports and activities.

Tuesday's 7-1 vote sent Senate Bill 929 to the full chamber for consideration.

The bill approved by the committee includes an amendment that says the measure would expire in four years, requiring the Legislature either to reauthorize the measure or to scrap it altogether.

The bill is sponsored by Sen. Ken Paxton, R-McKinney, and Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels.

Public schools have resisted allowing private schools into the UIL, even for sports other than football or basketball, because of fears of recruiting.

Although students who are home-schooled are in different situations from those attending private schools, opponents have voiced some of the same concerns about this bill.

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