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Senate Bill 59: Homeschool Freedom Bill
Senator Mark Madsen
This bill would clarify Utah homeschool law by taking away the school district's "approval" power. It provides that a school-age minor shall be excused from attendance upon the filing of an affidavit by the parent stating that the child will be homeschooled.
Furthermore, this bill makes it clear that a parent is in charge of the child's education. It states that:
- The parent is solely responsible for the selection of instructional materials and textbooks, though the required subjects must be taught.
- The parent is solely responsible for the time, place, and method of instruction, though a child must be taught "for the same length of time as minors are required to receive instruction in public schools."
- A school board may not require a parent to keep records of instruction or attendance.
- A school board may not require credentials for individuals homeschooling their children.
- A school board may not inspect homeschool facilities.
- A school board may not require standardized or other testing of homeschool students.
|01/31/2005||(S) Referred to Senate Education Committee|
|02/02/2005||(S) Senate Education Committee - favorable recommendation|
|02/03/2005||(S) Senate 2nd reading calendar report favorable|
|02/15/2005||(S) Senate/ Pass 2nd|
|02/16/2005||(S) Senate/ To House with amendments|
|02/17/2005||(H) House/ Read 1st time (Introduced)|
|02/18/2005||(H) House/ To standing House Education Committee|
|02/25/2005||(h) House/ Read 2nd time (under suspension)|
|02/28/2005||(H) House/ Read 3rd time|
|02/28/2005||(H) House/ Passed 3rd reading|
This bill is now law. No action is required.
Strongly support! This bill would clarify Utah's homeschool law and greatly increase every parent's freedom to educate their children at home. It would also decrease governmental intrusion into a parent's decisions for their children.
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