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June 22, 2007

House Bill 1091: Potential for Stricter Driver License Requirements for Homeschoolers

Author:
Rep. Ryan Guillen

Summary:
This bill would change the law to make it stricter for students to get and keep a Texas driver license. It treats homeschools differently from private schools—requiring the current number of days (80) rather than 90% of the classes offered, as is required for private and public schools. Ninety percent of classes would be 153 days for public school or traditional private school attendance. The bill requires automatic revocation of driver licenses for students who fall below attendance of 90% or 80 days for home school students. While public school and traditional private school officials are required to report this to the DPS, home school parents would report to the local public school superintendent rather than DPS as other school officials. Finally, if a high school student over age 15 withdraws from public or private school to home school, it appears that they would be required to wait at least 80 days before they could obtain a license.

Status:

2/5/2007Filed
2/12/2007House Referred to Transportation
2/27/2007Scheduled for a Public Hearing-testimonies heard, left pending
2/28/2007The bill was amended, the parts affecting homeschoolers taken out, and we no longer oppose this bill.
5/28/2007Legislature closed, bill died

HSLDA's Position:
Neutral.

Action Requested:
No action requested at this time.

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