The Home School Court Report
VOLUME XIX, NUMBER 4
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July / August 2003


FEATURES
Homeschoolers shine at competitions
Ready for the new school year
Farris given prize
The tide turns with the Stumbo decision

Signs of the turning tide

Timeline of the Stumbo case

The Stumbos' thoughts
Bush signs bill to protect families

DEPARTMENTS
Along the way

The National Center for Home Education
Freedom Watch

Watching school choice issues
From the heart
Across the states
Members only
Active Cases
About Campus
President's page

Beyond our expectations

ET AL.

Prayer & Praise

a contrario sensu (on the other hand)

HSLDA social services contact policy/A plethora of forms

HSLDA legal contacts for March/April 2003



  LEGAL/LEGISLATIVE UPDATES  



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MICHIGAN

Study recommends state regulation

A recent policy report released by the Education Policy Center at Michigan State University recommends that homeschools be forced to register with the department of education. Entitled Michigan's Role in Monitoring Home Schools, the report examines what role the state should play in monitoring homeschool families.

The report observes that there are an estimated 100,000 "missing" students in the state of Michigan who are homeschooled by their parents without any state regulation. Arguing that Michigan has a constitutional responsibility to educate its children for the common good, the report claims that the current homeschool law does not allow the state to fulfill this responsibility. (Read the full report at: http://www.epc.msu.edu/publications/report/report15.pdf.)

To balance this perceived conflict of interests, the Education Policy Center recommends:

At the very least, the State should amend the current 3(f) exemption to require that home school parents register with the Michigan Department of Education or their local ISD. This system . . . would signal that the State takes seriously its obligation, and that of parents, to leave no child behind.

Current Michigan law and legal precedent, however, clearly establish that parents have the right to choose homeschooling. The burden to prove the family is not home educating is carried by the school district.

In addition, research has demonstrated no positive correlation between state regulation of home schools and performance of homeschool students. (See Home School Achievement online at http://www.hslda.org/docs/study/comp2001/default.asp.)

Home School Legal Defense Association will be watching the Michigan Legislature to ensure that no changes are made to the homeschool law. We will keep you updated on any attempts to change the law.

Christopher J. Klicka