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Tebow laws let homeschooled kids play sports on public-school teams. But not everyone is a fan

Reed Young for TIME

Virginia killed a bill that would have let homeschoolers like Nick Faulconer play on public high school teams

Nick Faulconer isn't simply homeschooled. He's also "road-schooled," as his mother puts it, by audiobooks she plays as she drives the mop-haired 14-year-old 90 miles each way from their home in rural Virginia to twice-a-week soccer practices in an elite private league in Richmond. Other guys on the team know Nick doesn't attend a traditional school, but it's not a source of friction, he says, because most of them have friends who are also being taught at home. "It's pretty normal," he says. But next year he will be forced to part ways with many of his teammates when they quit...

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