House File 588: Independent Private Instruction (Previously House Study Bill 147)


Last Updated: March 15, 2011
House File 588: Independent Private Instruction (Previously House Study Bill 147)
Representative Forristall

This bill (along with Senate File 160) would create a new legal option for Iowa homeschoolers called “Independent Private Instruction,” or IPI. Like Competent Private Instruction (CPI), placing a child under IPI would satisfy compulsory attendance requirements. However, this option would differ from CPI in several ways. Here is a list of requirements that would apply to an IPI program. Keep in mind that these do not apply to a CPI program.

IPI programs:

  • Could enroll no more than four unrelated students.
  • Could not charge tuition, fees, or other remuneration for instruction.
  • Would be for the primary purpose of providing private or religious-based instruction.
  • Would need to provide enrolled students with instruction in math, reading and language arts, science, and social studies.
  • Would need to provide a report identifying the primary instructor, location, name of the authority responsible for providing independent private instruction, and the names of enrolled students to the local superintendent if he requested such a report.

Parents of children enrolled in an IPI program would not need to comply with CPI requirements for those children, such as annually submitting a CPI form and evaluation results.

HSLDA's Position:
Action Requested:

02/22/2011 (House) Introduced
02/22/2011 (House) Referred to House Education Subcommittee
03/03/2011 (House) Passed by Education Committee
03/08/2011 (House) Re-introduced as HF 588
03/16/2011 (House) Passed House, ayes 57, nays 37.
03/21/2011 (Senate) Read first time, referred to Education.

This bill failed to pass the Senate Education Committee before the session ended, and is now dead.

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