Legislature Adjourns at Last
Home schoolers in the Bluegrass State are rejoicing in a temporary reprieve! The Kentucky Legislature, which only meets every two years, has finally adjourned this session, and abandoned four bills targeted by Home School Legal Defense Association. All four would have negatively impacted home schoolers, but, thankfully, none of them passed.
House Bill 960, introduced by Representatives Colter, Cornett, and Alexander, was the worst of the four. If passed, it would have changed Kentucky from a friendly home school state to a hostile one. Due to the efforts of Kentucky Home Education Association, Christian Home Educators of Kentucky, HSLDA members, and other involved home schoolers across the state, that bill did not get out of committee. (See March/April Court Report cover story for more details on this battle.)
H.B. 171 and 224 would have increased the compulsory attendance age from 16 to 18 and 16 to 19, respectively. Both failed.
Finally, H.B. 847 also failed to pass. This dangerous proposal would have allowed Kentucky Directors of Pupil Personnel to hire law enforcement officials to investigate cases of non-attendance and take into custody minors of compulsory school age not on school property during school hours.
Kentuckians are among the fortunate few whose state legislature only meets every other year. However, in November, a constitutional amendment to require the legislature to meet every year will be on the ballot. In HSLDAs opinion, this would be a big mistake. Rather than pass more laws, Kentucky should repeal many laws already on the books.
HSLDA wants to thank each one of you who responded to the alerts on H.B. 960. Your phone calls, faxes, e-mails and personal contacts made the difference. This bill will be back and home schoolers will need to be just as well organized next time. J. Michael Smith