A common question we hear from parents considering homeschooling or online school is whether kids can still participate in public school activities, like sports, band, and drama.
The answer is a bit complicated, and can vary not just from state to state, but also between school districts.
Many people are familiar with the story of Tim Tebow, the homeschooled, Heisman-winning quarterback. Thanks to an “equal access” rule in his home state of Florida, Tebow was allowed to play on his local high school’s football team. (Jason Taylor, another former NFL player was also homeschooled, and was allowed to play high school football thanks to Pennsylvania’s equal access law.)
Inspired by his success, homeschoolers nationwide have advocated for what are often dubbed “Tim Tebow bills,” which grant equal access to homeschooled students in other states.