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March 3, 2004

House Bill 437: Tracking System for all School Age Children

Author:
Representative Chenault

Summary:
This bill would create a tracking system for all children in the state who are of school age, under school age but attending school, or attending kindergarten. Each child would be assigned a 10-digit identification number, and information about the child's educational progress would be reported to the Legislature every year. The Department of Health and Social Services would be involved in this tracking.

We have been in contact with Representative Chenault's office and have been told that the bill is now dead. However, HB 437 remains on the state legislative website and we will continue to closely monitor the bill.

Status:

02/05/2004Introduced
02/17/2004Referred to the House Education Committee
Died

Action Requested:
No action necessary at this time.

HSLDA's Position:
This bill should be opposed.

Background:
House Bill 437, introduced on February 5, 2004, by Representative Mike Chenault, would create a tracking system for all children in the state who are of school age. This would include students enrolled in private schools or alternative education programs, which is defined as "an educational program that is provided in the child's home..."

Each child would be assigned a 10-digit identification number, and information about the child's educational progress would be reported to the Legislature every year. This tracking system would be administered by the Department of Education and Early Development in conjunction with the Department of Health and Social Services.

 Other Resources

Feb-17-2004 — Update-Hearing on Tracking Bill Postponed!

Feb-13-2004 — Calls Needed Now! - Bill to Create Identification Tracking Number for Homeschoolers

Bill Text

Bill History