Is it “fair” that illegal immigrants and foreign exchange students are allowed to play high school football on Friday nights and to participate in extra curricular activities at public schools, while many of their peers, who are legal US citizens but who happen to be homeschooled, are being denied “equal” access to the same opportunities in their local communities? In Virginia last week, seven Democrats and a lone Republican, perhaps unaware or unmoved by such a discrepancy, made the point moot and rejected the so called “Tebow Bill” that sought to “level the playing field.”
In the weeks preceding the committee vote, the national media took an interest in Virginia’s version of the “Tebow Bill.” Most notably, Laura Ingraham, “the most listened-to woman in political talk radio in the United States,” had a memorable exchange discussing the measure on her show with guest Ken Tilley, Executive Director of the Virginia High School League (VHSL) and a fierce opponent of the bill. According to the Washington Post “The current ban against home-schoolers is the result of long-standing policy set by the Virginia High School League, which governs interscholastic sports and other activities in Virginia’s more than 300 high schools.”
After Tilley put forth several reasons for the opposition such as “participation is a privilege not a right” and “equity and fairness,” Ingraham, whose conservatism, wisdom and wit is like kryptonite to the left’s speciousness, took to task Tilley’s “equity arguments.” Ingraham highlighted how exemptions seemingly are being made for every group except homeschoolers and the country’s big push for inclusiveness doesn't include tax paying parents that choose to homeschool. At one point, Ingraham asked Tilley if undocumented immigrants have to have parents residing in the attendance zones to compete and the response given was “We don’t address that point.”
By calling out the practice of giving exemptions to some (illegal immigrants andforeign exchange students) but denying similar treatment to others (homeschooled US citizens), Ingraham invalidated Tilley’s core talking points. More importantly, Ingraham offered a new dynamic over “what’s fair” conspicuously absent in both previous and current debates.