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High schools: Government committee to review practices of OSSAA

Two state representatives have requested an interim study to investigate some of the practices and procedures used by the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association.
by Scott Wright Published: May 20, 2013
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Two state representatives have requested an interim study to investigate some of the practices and procedures used by the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association.

State Rep. Bobby Cleveland, R-Slaughterville, and Rep. Marty Quinn, R-Claremore, announced their plans in a press conference Monday morning at the State Capitol.

Along with Cleveland and Quinn, former Oklahoma football coach Barry Switzer appeared in support of the group's desire for transparency from the OSSAA, as well as his personal desire to see the so-called “Tebow bill” to come to Oklahoma.

The Tebow bill, which has gained popularity around the country, allows homeschooled students to participate in extracurricular activities at the public school of the district in which they reside.

The legislation is nicknamed for NFL quarterback Tim Tebow, who was homeschooled in Florida but played football for a public school based on the law, which was adopted by the state in 1996, a few years before Tebow reached high school.

The Tebow bill recently passed through the Texas senate and is now headed for the house of representatives, where it could become a state law.

Switzer spoke briefly about his support for Cleveland's and Quinn's examination of the OSSAA's practices before going into detail about his desire to bring the Tebow bill to Oklahoma. With seven homeschooled grandchildren, Switzer has a personal passion for the legislation.

Parents of athletes from Norman North and Sequoyah-Tahlequah high schools appeared at the news conference to share their personal stories about their displeasure with rulings made by the OSSAA in recent months.

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by Scott Wright
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A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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