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December 20, 2004

House Bill 2918: An Act Amending Pennsylvania's Homeschool Law

Authors:
Rep. Fleagle, Rep. Boyd, and Rep. Myers

Summary:
This bill would make the following changes in Pennsylvania's homeschool law:

Eliminate the requirement that a special education teacher or a licensed clinical or certified school psychologist approve the home education program of a special needs student;
Change the definition of "appropriate education" to eliminate the requirement that the student demonstrate sustained progress in the overall program;
Remove the requirement that the parent have a high school diploma or its equivalent;
Specify that the affidavit filed with the superintendent by the parent must be filed prior to or within three days after the commencement of the home education program and annually thereafter by August 1;
Eliminate education objectives submitted with the affidavit;
Insert statutory language prohibiting the school district from requesting or requiring any additional information beyond what is expressly described for the affidavit;
Insert language regarding the experience of the supervisor of the home education program to evaluate such programs, although only a licensed clinical or school psychologist or a certified teacher or a nonpublic school teacher or administrator are those persons listed as being eligible to serve as evaluators;
Eliminate the requirement that the portfolio be submitted to the local superintendent but continue the requirement that the written evaluation be submitted; and
Specify that the evaluation is to be submitted to the superintendent by June 30 of each year instead of "at the conclusion of each public school year" as the law now provides.

Status:


10/18/2004Referred to Education Committee
12/01/2004Died when legislature adjourned

Requested Action:
None

HSLDA's Position:
Opposed

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