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Senate panel approves UIL homeschool measure

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.

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