"Tim Tebow" bill dead in committee

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama Senate committee has stopped a bill that would have allowed home-schooled students to play sports and participate in other extracurricular activities in public schools.

The bill by Republican Sen. Hank Erwin of Montevallo failed in the Senate Education Committee 5-6 on Wednesday.

Erwin had named his bill the "Tim Tebow Act" in honor of the University of Florida quarterback who was home schooled.

Erwin said the bill would not impose a burden on schools, but state education officials said the bill is unworkable because there are no academic standards for home-schooled children.

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