House Bill 3280: Establishes Virtual Charter Schools and Defines Home-Schooled Student

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Last Updated: May 30, 2011
House Bill 3280: Establishes Virtual Charter Schools and Defines Home-Schooled Student
Sponsors:
Representative Ryan Guillen
Summary:

House Bill 3280 sets up a virtual charter school and defines a "home-schooled student" as distinct from a private school student.

HSLDA's Position:
Oppose.

HSLDA is opposed to House Bill 3280 and its establishment of virtual charter schools and definition of a "home-schooled student."

HSLDA believes that a distinction between virtual charter schools and homeschooling is vital. While public school charter schools provide parents with another choice, we emphasize that they are still public schools in every sense of the word. HSLDA also strongly cautions homeschoolers against enrolling in virtual charter schools. Virtual charter schools are actually controlled by the public school system. HSLDA does not represent students enrolled in full-time charter school programs. Finally, HSLDA cautions homeschoolers that participation in virtual charter schools counts as participation in public schools, and invites increased government regulation over the inner workings of their homes. Please read our Issues Library article addressing charter schools.

Additionally, in Texas, homeschooled students are currently legally considered private school students. There is no statutory definition of a "homeschool," or "home-schooled student." Establishing a legal definition for these programs opens the door to government regulation. Since House Bill 3280 defines a "home-schooled student" as distinct from a private school student, HSLDA opposes this bill.

Action Requested:
None at this time
Status:

03/11/2011     (House)     Filed
03/18/2011     (House)     Read first time and referred to Public Education
04/05/2011     (House)     Committee substitute considered and testimony taken in public hearing—bill left pending in committee
05/30/2011     (House)     Bill died when legislature adjourned

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