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Senate Bill 96: Change to Equivalent Instruction Requirements for Homeschools
Senator Sam Kitzenberg
This bill would have eliminated the requirement of 180 days or its equivalent in hours for instruction in homeschools and instead impose hours requirements for instruction of 4 hours per day for grades 1-3 and 6 hours per day for grade 4-12. This would have eliminated the flexibility for time of instruction that parent now enjoy and require more tedious record keeping for attendance records.
Senate Bill 96 was introduced on December 16, 2002. The bill was referred to the Education and Cultural Committee on December 20, 2002. The Committee amended the bill on January 23, 2003 and it was sent to the entire Senate. The Senate voted to pass the bill on January 27, 2003 and sent it to the House. The bill was referred to the House Education Committee and a hearing was held on February 14, 2003. The House Education Committee voted to table the bill on February 23, 2003. Since the Montana Legislature adjourned sine die on April 26, 2003, the bill is now dead.
This bill was opposed.
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