- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 16, 2015

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The author of a new Wisconsin law that allows home-schooled children to play sports for public school teams has a young relative benefiting from the legislation.

Rep. Bob Kulp’s nephew, Dylan Kulp, plays football for Stratford High School, near Wausau, Gannett Wisconsin Media reports (https://wdhne.ws/1FfLUCt ).

State ethics laws generally block public officials from acting on matters that benefit themselves or their immediate family members. The Stratford Republican has said he pushed the legislation at the request of a dozen parents - not because it would benefit his children, who have already graduated.

Such laws are commonly called “Tebow rules” for Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Tim Tebow, who led a Florida high school to a state title while being home-schooled.

State education officials don’t track how man of Wisconsin’s 20,000 home-schooled students benefit from the new law. Kulp recently said he knows of only his nephew and a few other students.

Mike Kulp said he approached his brother after he heard that a rule change was being discussed. He said the family was considering whether Dylan should play football, but they hadn’t come to any decision.

“I was interested in what was going on, but I don’t see myself as one of those people who said you need to get this going,” Mike Kulp said. He added: “There was no pressure, no financial donations or anything.”

Bob Kulp said he was surprised to find out his nephew wanted to play football. He said the law was written to help home-schooling parents across the state.

“It wasn’t at all about Dylan,” he said.


Information from: Post-Crescent Media, https://www.postcrescent.com

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