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March 1, 2004

House Bill 610: Voluntary Certification of Homeschools

Author:
Representative Kathy Stein

Summary:
This bill would require the Board of Education to establish "organizational and instruction standards" for "certified homeschools," including standards for the application review process, the minimum teacher qualification, the minimum curriculum offerings, the minimum testing requirements, which may include nationally norm-referenced standardized tests.

Status:

02/25/2004(H) INTRODUCED IN HOUSE

Action Requested:
Please call Representative Kathy Stein, at 502-564-8100, to ask why she has filed HB 610. Feel free to explain that your family sees no need for certification.

HSLDA's Position:
Opposed. Many states have a "certification" or "approval" option for private schools, which helps such schools compete in the private school marketplace. Homeschoolers do not compete for students in the same way, so "certification" would not help us. Instead, this bill would give the Department of Education new powers to define "standards" for home education.

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