You can smell it in the air, can’t you? Can you feel it? The wonder, excitement, pure joy, and exhilaration that comes with the “most wonderful time of the year” … the beginning of football season!
This time of year is a much-treasured time in my family. NFL teams are suiting up for training camp, college teams have launched practice, and high school football will begin playing games in just a few short weeks. It’s a time that brings back many great memories, ushers in boundless joy, and makes me think of the day when my sons will update the record books (Hey, a dad can dream).
But, for many Georgia families, it’s a time of year best embodied by a closed door.
For those parents and children who have decided their best course of action is to homeschool, the road to athletic participation is closed. Regardless of the talent or passion of the student, Georgia is one of the few states committed to keeping those kids from participating in public school sports – which, by the way, are paid for by the tax dollars of their parents.
A system that penalizes those who exercise the right to be educated as best suits their family is broken. Denial of access and opportunity undermines choice, denies parental rights and harms Georgia’s students.
My friends, Georgia is lagging behind, while a majority of states have passed a version of a “Tebow Bill,” legislation that allows homeschoolers to participate in public school sports. Instead of encouraging participation and genuine school choice, our state is one of the most restrictive in the nation!
However, we are preparing to push back. Strong, pro-family leaders like Sen. Michael Williams – a candidate for governor – and others are partnering with us on this issue in the upcoming legislative session. While we will be providing more information about our efforts in this area in the coming months, we are asking that you begin voicing your support for a Georgia “Tebow Bill” now.
Even if this bill will not affect you personally, it is vital for paving the way for genuine school choice. Please contact your legislator using our Action Center.
Your voice on this issue could make a profound difference for students and their families here in Georgia. We hope that you will join us in standing for this crucial right!
In His Service,
P.S. Believe it or not, there are strong, well-funded opponents to equal access for homeschoolers. Make sure your voice is heard to counteract the Left on this issue by speaking out using our Action Center.