Amendment to home school law considered
Senate Bill 165, sponsored by state Senator David Sokola, would change the wording of Delaware's home school law to indicate that home schools and home school associations are not to be considered private schools. This change would be significant, because under federal special education law there is presently an advantage for home schools to be considered private schools.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which prescribes how federal funds received by the states must be used for special education and related services, speaks only in terms of funds expended for public and private school students. To date, Home School Legal Defense Association has been unsuccessful in obtaining a judicial interpretation of IDEA to include home schools in the category of private schools.
HSLDA is working with the Delaware Home Educators Association to defeat this bill. HSLDA member families are encouraged to contact their legislators to express their opposition to it.
- Dewitt T. Black