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A previous version of this bill would have removed important protections for homeschoolers in situations where a board revokes a certificate of excuse. However, the Department of Education has agreed to remove that language.
The remaining changes enacted by this bill are positive. It would take changes enacted last year (that the certificate of excuse is valid immediately upon filing) and add them to a new section of the law where their inclusion makes sense.
It would also clarify that the information submitted on the certificate is confidential from the start; currently, the law only states that this information is to be kept confidential after the certificate is approved.
12/28/2011 (House) Introduced
01/23/2012 (House) Hearing
01/25/2012 (House) Hearing; Passed Education Committee
01/30/2012 (House) Passed House
01/31/2012 (Senate) Referred to Senate Education
02/14/2012 (Senate) Passed Senate Education
02/15/2012 (Senate) Passed Senate
02/16/2012 (Senate) Signed by Speaker
This bill has been signed by the Governor, and is now law.
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