March 25, 2008

Senate Bill 348: New Learner’s Permit and Driver’s License Requirements

Education Committee

As introduced, Senate Bill 348 effectively raised the compulsory school attendance age from 16 to 18 by requiring that all children between the ages of 16 and 18 who are not enrolled in a secondary school, postsecondary school, or postsecondary technical education program attend a workforce training program approved by the Vermont Department of Education. However, the bill has been amended significantly to require public and approved independent schools to implement a “personal education plan” (PEP) for students at risk of not graduating from high school. Homeschoolers would not be adversely affected by these changes.

However, Senate Bill 348 has been further amended to now require anyone under 18 to have a high school diploma or GED or be enrolled in a public school, a private school, a home study program, a high school completion program, or the Northlands Job Corps Center, to obtain a learner’s permit or driver’s license.

This means that any homeschooling parent who wants his 16-year-old child to obtain a learner’s permit (which he must have for a year before applying for a junior operator’s permit), must enroll his child in a home study program. The new learner’s permit and driver’s license requirements will potentially subject Vermont homeschooling families to state regulation for an additional two years.


1/16/2008(Senate) Introduced
1/18/2008(Senate) Referred to Senate Education Committee
3/11/2008(Senate) Education Report Favorable with Amendment
3/12/2008(Senate) Assigned to Appropriations Committee
3/21/2008(Senate) Appropriations Report Favorable with Amendment

HSLDA's Position:

Action Requested:
None at this time. HSLDA is working with the bill’s sponsors to amend it.

 Other Resources

E-lert—February 4, 2008—Vermont: Senate Bill 348 as Drafted Would Increase Government Control over Homeschoolers!

E-lert—February 12, 2008—Vermont: Senate Bill 348 is Better And Worse....

Bill Text

Bill History