Federal Legislation
October 10, 2003

H.R. 2732 - Homeschool Non-Discrimination Act (HONDA)

Action Requested:
If your Representative is not already a co-sponsor please call and ask them to co sponsor H.R. 2732. Should their staff have questions please refer them to HSLDA's National Center for Home Education at: 540 338 7600.

Background:
Official purpose: To amend selected statutes to clarify existing Federal law as to the treatment of students privately educated at home under State law.

Introduced July 15, 2003 by Rep. Marilyn N. Musgrave [R, CO-4]

Cosponsors (79)

Status:

7/15/2003: Referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

Bill Summary and Status

HSLDA's Position:
HSLDA supports H.R. 2372. There are currently several areas of federal law that unfairly impact home education. Congress must pass the Homeschool Non-Discrimination Act (HONDA) to remedy this unfair treatment. Much of these problems arise because Congress has overlooked homeschoolers while drafting legislation. The number of homeschool students has grown from just a handful in the 80's to approximately 2 million today. Furthermore, their academic success is remarkable. Congress should no longer overlook homeschoolers as a viable and successful movement.

Homeschoolers do not want federal handouts, just equal treatment. HONDA will bring federal law up-to-date with changes in the state education systems, particularly regarding the homeschooling movement.

 Other Resources

Homeschool Non-Discrimination Act Introduced in Senate

House Committee on Education and the Workforce Press Release: House Republicans Introduce Legislation to Protect Homeschool Students from Discrimination

Congresswoman Musgrave's Press Release: Musgrave Defends Homeschool Kids In Congress

HONDA to be Introduced in the U.S. Senate

7/22/2003 - Calls needed on H.R. 2732, the Homeschool Non-Discrimination Act

House Republicans Introduce Legislation to Protect Homeschool Students from Discrimination 7/15/03

Musgrave Defends Homeschool Kids In Congress 7/15/03

Congress to Introduce Homeschool Non-Discrimination Bill

HONDA Issue Folder

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

Education Savings Accounts

Homeschool Students Excluded from Scholarship Program

HONDA Summary

Related Bill: S. 1562

H.R. 2732 (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)