House Bill 3152: Granting State Board Control Over Homeschoolers

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Last Updated: March 14, 2011
House Bill 3152: Granting State Board Control Over Homeschoolers
Sponsors:
Delegate Michael Manypenny from Taylor County is the sole sponsor.
Summary:

HB 3152 would restrict homeschoolers from taking any test other than the "WESTEST" in order to comply with the testing assessment requirement in the homeschool law. The WESTTEST is the state sponsored and administered test that all public school students are required to take in West Virginia. The bill would also grant broad rule-making authority to the State Board of Education to determine whether a child could "remain in a home school environment."

HSLDA's Position:
Oppose.

This bill would dramatically infringe on parent's rights. The bill appears to intend to require that all children take the state assessment test. Current law allows parents to choose from a variety of nationally normed and standardized achievement tests to asses a child's progress. Allowing only one test would unreasonably infringe on parent's rights to determine the best test for their children and would place unnecessary burdens on parents who homeschool in West Virginia. The bill also grants overly broad authority to the State Board of Education to write rules which could determine whether a child could "remain in a home school environment."

Action Requested:
None at this time
Status:

2/15/2011     (House)     Introduced and referred to the Education Committee
3/12/2011     (House)     This bill died when the legislature adjourned on March 12, 2011

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