Federal Legislation
October 10, 2003

S. 1562 - Home School Non-Discrimination Act of 2003 (HONDA)

Action Requested:
If your Senator is not already a co-sponsor please call and ask them to co-sponsor S. 1562. Should their staff have questions please refer them to HSLDA's National Center for Home Education at: 540-338-7600.

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

Introduced August 1, 2003 by Sen. Larry E. Craig [R, ID]

Cosponsors (5)

Status:

8/1/2003: Introductory remarks on measure. Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Bill Summary and Status

HSLDA's Position:
HSLDA supports S. 1562. 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

HONDA Summary

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: H.R. 2732

S. 1562 (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)