Making an informed choice
Introduced by Senators Harold Hochstatter and Val Stevens, Senate Bill 6094 would require all school districts to advise parents who have requested information on education alternatives of the differences between home-based education and all forms of alternative education under state law. The bill prescribes a form school districts must use to inform parents about these differences.
Alternative education programs in Washington are public school programs in which children enroll as full-time students. Many parents have complained that when they sought information from the local school district about beginning home schooling, they were steered to enrolling their children in the public school program without being advised that this program is not what the parents intended.
It is unlikely that this bill will be enacted during the current term of the legislature, but home educators should continue to seek enactment of such legislation.
- Dewitt T. Black