UIL Equal Access bill passes Texas House

By Megan Wehring 

Home-schoolers are one step closer to competing in public school extracurriculars. 

With a 78-65 vote, the Texas House approved House Bill 547 that would allow home-school students equal access to participating in University Interscholastic League (UIL) activities. 

“The passage of HB 547 is a tremendous step forward for the homeschoolers of Texas,” said Tim Lambert, president of the Texas Home School Coalition. 

Over 12% of Texas students were homeschooled as of last fall, according to the Census Bureau, which equates to over 750,000 students. 

Before heading to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk, the bill will need to pass a third third reading in the House and get passed by the Senate. If HB 547 is signed into law, Texas will be the 36th state to allow homeschoolers to participate in public school extracurriculars. 

 

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Megan Wehring graduated from Texas State University in May 2020 with a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Wehring has reported for the Hays Free Press/News-Dispatch for a year, covering all things local. This includes city council meetings, town events, education and human interest stories. Previously, Wehring worked at KTSW FM-89.9 (Texas State University's official radio station) for two consecutive years. She was a news reporter, assistant news director and monthly segment producer during her time at KTSW. Wehring is passionate about the local reporter aspect. With a heart for storytelling, she believes that journalists are equipped to share the stories that are most important to the community.

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