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February 5, 2004

Senate Bill 156: An Act to provide for the monitoring of achievement tests given to students receiving alternative instruction.

Sponsor:
Senator Brock L. Greenfield, Republican

Summary:
The bill would require local school districts to monitor homeschooled students when they take their standardized achievement tests. Current law permits school systems to monitor testing, but few if any exercise this power; this bill would make such monitoring mandatory. The bill also gives the public school effective veto power over the location of the test, since it requires that parents and school officials must agree on a testing location. School officials could insist that the test be administered on school premises during school hours.

Status:

01/23/2004Introduced
01/23/2004Referred to the Senate Education Committee
02/03/2004Scheduled for a Committee Hearing in Room 423 on Tuesday at 7:45 A.M.
02/05/2004Hearing was deferred by Chair, Room 423, at 7:45 A.M. The bill did not pass the Committee. The Committee voted to kill the bill by a vote of 5 yeas and 2 nays.

HSLDA's Position:
Oppose

Action Requested:
No action is necessary.

The bill was killed during the committee meeting on February 5, 2004! The committee voted 5 to 2 to table the bill until after the legislative session ended, thus effectively killing the bill.

 Other Resources

Feb-13-2004 — Homeschool Monitoring Bill Dies Quiet Death

Jan-30-2004 — Mandatory Monitoring Bill Likely to Flunk First Test

Bill Text

Bill History