During the 2003 legislative session, the Hawaii Legislature considered six bills affecting homeschooling families, none of which were enacted.
|>>||House Bill 366 would have permitted homeschool students to participate in extracurricular or interscholastic activities at the public school or a private school. Home School Legal Defense Association took a neutral position on this legislation.|
|>>||Senate Bill 291 would have authorized homeschool students to participate in cocurricular activities at the public school. The term "cocurricular activity" included athletics, intramurals, band, orchestra, chorus, theatrical productions, and clubs. HSLDA took a neutral position on this bill.|
|>>||Senate Bill 292 would have established an income tax credit for the parent or guardian of a homeschool student. HSLDA supported this bill.|
|>>||Senate Bill 701 would have lowered the compulsory attendance age from 6 to 5 and made kindergarten mandatory. HSLDA opposed this bill as an expansion of state oversight of education. It also would have required families to begin complying with the state homeschool law one year earlier than is now required.|
|>>||Senate Resolutions 38 and 58 would have requested the Hawaii Department of Education to establish procedures and guidelines permitting homeschool students to participate in extracurricular and cocurricular activities in public schools. HSLDA took a neutral position on these resolutions.|