Senate Education Committee passes favorable law
On June 5, 2001, the Senate Education Committee voted 16 to 1 in favor of Senate Bill 4767 which would make a number of favorable changes in New York's home school law. At press time, this bill was in the Senate Rules Committee for further review before being considered by the full Senate.
Support for this legislation by the Senate Education Committee may be attributed to bill sponsor and committee chairman, Senator John R. Kuhl (R). Additionally, New York's largest home schooling support group organization, Loving Education At Home, Inc. (LEAH), serving 3,800 families, has endorsed this legislation and urged parents to express their support of S.B. 4767 to their senators.
Among the most significant improvements to the current law, S.B. 4767 would eliminate the need for parents to develop and file an individualized home instruction plan (IHIP) and quarterly reports for each child being taught. Additionally, parents would no longer have to obtain the approval of the local superintendent for the person they select to conduct the annual assessment of the child's academic progress. Further, standardized testing would not be required at any grade level. — Dewitt T. Black