August 19, 2005

Senate Bill 5289: Exempting Homeschoolers in the Running Start Program from Federal Standards

Senators McAuliffe, Hargrove, Stevens, Regala, Mulliken, Benton

This bill was signed by the Governor on April 21, 2005 and became effective July 24, 2005.

This bill removes a homeschool student who has filed a Declaration of Intent form and is enrolled in the Running Start program from the school district's federal and state accountability reporting requirements. With the passage of Senate Bill 5289 homeschooled students enrolled in the Running Start program are still exempt from the federal accountability/testing requirements.

As passed, Senate Bill 5289 continues to ensure that students who are taught at home under 28A.200 RCW and students attending private schools approved under chapter 28A.195 RCW are not required to meet the student learning goals, obtain a certificate of academic achievement or a certificate of individual achievement to graduate from high school, or to master the essential academic learning requirements. The section of the Revised Code of Washington that has been amended by this bill can be found at 28A.600.310.


01/19/2005First reading, referred to Committee on Early Learning, K-12 & Higher Education.
02/14/2005Committee substituted bill and gave do pass recommendation.
02/14/2005Sent to Rules Committee for second reading.
03/15/2005Substitute bill substituted and passed third reading, 45 to 0.
03/17/2005Sent to House, referred to House Education Committee.
03/28/2005House Education Committee gave do pass recommendation.
04/01/2005Sent to House Rules Committee for second reading.
04/05/2005Third reading, passed 95 to 0.
04/15/2005Delivered to Governor.
04/21/2005Signed by Governor.

Effective date 7/24/2005.

HSLDA's Position:
HSLDA was neutral on this bill as it involves public school participation.

Action Requested:
No action is necessary.

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