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Panel endorses Texas homeschooled children taking part in UIL sports

Published On: Apr 02 2013 02:21:33 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 02 2013 02:22:29 PM CDT
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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -

The Texas Senate Education Committee has endorsed a bill allowing homeschooled children to participate in University Interscholastic League sports and activities.

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

But the committee only approved it after including an amendment that the measure expire in four years - thus requiring the Legislature to either then reauthorize it or scrap it altogether.

The bill is sponsored by McKinney Republican Sen. Ken Paxton and Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels.
    
Public schools have resisted allowing private schools into the UIL - even for sports other than football or basketball - amid fears of recruiting.
    
Though students who are homeschooled are in different situations than those attending private schools, opponents have voiced some of the same concerns about this bill.