House Bill 354: Changes to Regulation of Church Schools

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Last Updated: June 30, 2014
House Bill 354: Changes to Regulation of Church Schools
Sponsors:
Representative Hubbard
Summary:

According to its synopsis, this bill would clarify that private, nonpublic, and church schools offering instruction in grades K-12, are not subject to licensure or regulation by the State Department of Education. It would prohibit any public two-year or four-year institution of higher education from denying admittance to an otherwise qualified student on the basis that the student was home schooled or attended private, nonpublic, or church school. This bill would also prohibit the State Department of Education from denying certification to an otherwise qualified person on the basis that the person was employed by an elementary or secondary private, nonpublic, or church school.

Of concern is the proposed amendment to § 16-46-3 of the Alabama Code, which would exempt from regulation a private or church school “which holds a certificate issued by the State Superintendent of Education,” showing that the school meets certain requirements. Also exempt would be any nonpublic school as defined in § 16-22A-3, which includes, “Any nonpublic or private school, including parochial schools, not under the jurisdiction of the State Superintendent of Education and the State Board of Education . . . .” What is unclear is whether church schools would be exempt only if they held a certificate issued by the State Department of Education.

HSLDA's Position:

This bill should be amended to remove any question that church schools are not subject to state regulation. It should not be supported in its current form.

Action Requested:
None at this time
Status:

Died in committee. See "Bill History" link below.

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Bill History