RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Legislation to let home-schooled children play public school sports has died in the Virginia General Assembly.
The Senate Education and Health Committee voted 8-7 Thursday to reject Republican Del. Rob Bell's bill.
The measure is known as the "Tim Tebow bill" - a reference to the Denver Broncos quarterback who was home-schooled and went on to win a Heisman Trophy at the University of Florida.
Supporters of the bill say parents who homeschool their children pay taxes like everyone else, so their children should have the opportunity to compete in interscholastic sports.
Opponents argue that parents who choose to teach their children at home know the rules, and it would be unfair to let those kids play without meeting eligibility standards that public school students must meet.