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This bill would do the following:
- Make permanent the temporary change made in the law in 2009 which authorized parents to conduct home instruction at some location other than their own home;
- Remove all parental qualifications for conducting a home education program;
- Remove all monitoring of home education programs by state-certified teachers;
- Create an exemption from standardized testing if the parent has a philosophical, moral, or religious objection to testing, but only if the parent is a state-certified teacher, has a bachelor's degree, or has met the cutoff score of a national teacher examination;
- Remove mandatory assessment of a child by the school district for a learning disability, regardless of what score the child achieves on a standardized achievement test;
- Remove the requirement of a remediation plan filed with the public school superintendent for students who score below the 30th percentile and do not have a learning disability; and
- Simplify the means by which a homeschool student may obtain a diploma from a school district, nonpublic school, or the North Dakota Center for Distance Education by providing that the student need only meet the issuing entity's requirements.
On February 15, 2011, the House Education Committee passed an amended version of House Bill 1211, the homeschool freedom bill. Unfortunately, the committee stripped from the bill everything except the improvements to the law enacted in 2009. But even the amended version is favorable to homeschoolers, because unless it passes, the law will revert to what it was prior to 2009. This would mean that parents with a high school diploma or GED must once again be monitored by a state-certified teacher during the first two years of homeschooling, and home education would have to be conducted only in the child’s home.
1/10/2011 (House) Introduced
1/10/2011 (House) First reading
1/10/2011 (House) Referred to Education Committee
2/01/2011 (House) Committee hearing at 9:30 a.m.
2/17/2011 (House) Reported back to House as amended
2/18/2011 (House) Amendment adopted
2/18/2011 (House) Placed on calendar
2/22/2011 (House) Passed second reading 75-19
2/23/2011 (Senate) Received from House
3/04/2011 (Senate) Introduced
3/04/2011 (Senate) First reading
3/04/2011 (Senate) Referred to Education Committee
3/23/2011 (Senate) Committee hearing at 9:45 a.m.
3/23/2011 (Senate) Passed out of committee 7-0
3/24/2011 (Senate) Passed second reading 43-3
3/25/2011 (House) Returned to House
3/29/2011 (Senate) Signed by President of the Senate
4/01/2011 (House) Signed by Speaker of the House
4/01/2011 (House) Sent to Governor
4/05/2011 (House) Signed by Governor on 4/4/2011
4/14/2011 (House) Filed with Secretary of State on 4/4/2011
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