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ADE to Provide Guidance for New Home School Sports Law

Starting this fall home school students can take the field in public school sports and other extra curricular activities in Arkansas.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Starting this fall home school students can take the field in public school sports and other extra curricular activities in Arkansas.

But there are growing concerns about whether a new state law will be in effect in time for home school students to get in the game.

The so-called "Tim Tebow" law takes effect August 16th.

School starts statewide August 19th and legislators want to make sure school districts are ready to welcome home school students in.

For years Friday night lights is a rite of passage for many Arkansas students.  But the tradition has never been extended for home school students.

Spencer Beavers is just getting to the age where he wants to try out football.

"I've played soccer," Beavers says.

But perhaps a bigger test for Spencer is sitting through a lengthy legislative meeting at the capitol with his mom Sharice.

"The funding for a large sport like football would be almost impossible," Sharice Beavers says.  "So with this law, he would be able to participate in something we would not be able to."

But the big question Monday for the Education Department, are all the districts following the spirit of the new law and allowing home school students to participate for the coming school year.

The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) says it will put out a statewide memo this week instructing districts to follow the law now even though it doesn't take effect until next month.

That could make it easier for students like Spencer Beavers to get on the field and that's an option his mother says the family may look at.

"I do feel good about, especially what I heard today, I feel good about it," Beavers says.
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