Category: Homeschool

Schedule for Week of February 19, 2018

One school choice bill has a public hearing continued this week and several have executive sessions when committees will vote. It is critical to contact committee members about these bills before their decisions are made. Below is the upcoming schedule for the next couple weeks; we include our analysis and recommendations for priority bills. As Read More

Give Homeschoolers Fair Treatment

The House Children and Family Law Committee planned to continue the public hearing on HB 1650 re educational neglect on Tuesday, February 13th; however, because it did not appear in the House Calendar, it is rescheduled for Wednesday, February 21st, immediately before the committee will vote on the bill. This is unfortunate because the final Read More

Schedule for Week of February 12, 2018

Only one school choice bill has a public hearing continued this week; the rest are awaiting amendments and executive sessions. The pause allows us to advocate for our bills while committees deliberate and handle other business. Below is the upcoming schedule for the next couple weeks; we include our analysis and recommendations for priority bills. Read More

Level the Playing Field for Homeschoolers

The House Children and Family Law Committee recently held a public hearing on HB 1650, a bill that removes education-only investigations from the purview of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to the responsibility of the state Department of Education and local SAUs like other concerns regarding compulsory attendance. We testified in support Read More

Schedule for Week of February 5, 2018

All of our top-priority bills have held public hearings; now we wait for some amendments and executive sessions. The lull allows us to advocate for our bills while committees further deliberate. These bills include our analysis and recommendations. As a courtesy, we list additional bills, meetings, and events relevant to education issues. The House Finance Read More

Needless Homeschool Regulation

The House Education Committee recently held a public hearing on HB 1263, a bill that would reinstate unnecessary annual reporting requirements for homeschool students. Representatives Hall was packed with homeschool supporters, overflowing the chamber and gallery, extending to the elevators. Only two people spoke in favor of the bill: one of the sponsors and the Read More

Schedule for Week of January 29, 2018

The beginning-of-the-year deluge is finally subsiding with only two major bills this week:  HB 1492 expands Manifest Educational Hardship to consider the impact on students; and HB 1650 removes education from the purview of DCYF. These bills include our analysis and recommendations. As a courtesy, we list additional bills, meetings, and events relevant to education Read More

Homeschoolers Flood the State House

An estimated 600 homeschool supporters turned out yesterday afternoon to oppose HB 1263, a bill that would roll-back the annual reporting requirement. Nearly every seat in Rep Hall was taken, the anteroom and upstairs gallery were filled, and families spilled out into the hallway. The Sargent at Arms limited who could enter the chamber, leaving Read More

Schedule for Week of January 22, 2018

January is the most intense month when nearly all our bills have public hearings. There are three of particular note – HB 1263 would reinstate the annual reporting of homeschool year-end evaluations; HB 1492 expands Manifest Educational Hardship to consider the impact on students; and HB 1650 removes education from the purview of DCYF. These Read More

Homeschooling Is Not Neglect

Join us to SUPPORT House Bill 1650 that would level the playing field for homeschoolers facing truancy and educational neglect charges. Homeschooling is neither abuse nor neglect and should not be investigated as such. The bill will have a public hearing in the House Child & Family Law Committee on Tuesday, January 30th at 2:00pm Read More

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