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Senate Bill 291: An Act To Increase Homeschool Regulation
Senator D. Ryan
This bill would have made the following changes in Montana's homeschool law:
- Change the definition of "homeschool" to exclude stepparents and legal guardians from being able to teach a child at home;
- Require parents to register their children with the local school district instead of notifying the county superintendent of the child's enrollment in a homeschool;
- Require that parents be (a) licensed to teach in Montana, (b) hold a bachelor's degree, or (c) have a high school diploma or GED and be monitored by a state-certified teacher for two years;
- Require the monitor to evaluate and report the child's academic progress to the school district twice a year;
- Require homeschool students in grades 4,8, and 11 to take the same "nationally standardized examination" required of public school students;
- Require that students scoring below the 30th percentile on the test be evaluated for special education services; and
- Prohibit the homeschooling of children determined to have a developmental disability, such as autism and Down's syndrome.
This was one of the worst homeschool bills we have encountered.
|01/25/2005||Introduced and referred to Education and Cultural Resources|
|02/14/2005||Hearing Scheduled in Senate Select Committee on Education|
|02/14/2005||Tabled after Senate Select Committee on Education Hearing|
|3/1/2005||Missed Deadline for General Bill Transmittal|
This bill should be opposed.
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