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  



ACROSS THE STATES

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MISSISSIPPI

Legislative proposals fail

A number of bills which would have affected home educators failed to pass the Mississippi Legislature during the 2003 session. Following is a summary of each of the bills tracked by Home School Legal Defense Association:

>>House Bill 220 would have changed the time for filing a certificate of enrollment in a home instruction program from September 15 to "before the beginning of the eleventh school day of each school year." Since many school districts start school in August, HSLDA opposed this bill because it would have reduced the time parents now have in deciding whether to homeschool.
>>House Bill 1041 would have permitted homeschool students to participate in athletics in public school if they passed an examination required by the state department of education to enter a public high school. HSLDA took a neutral position on this bill.
>>House Bill 1309 would have lowered the compulsory attendance age from 6 to 5. HSLDA opposed this bill, because it would have expanded state oversight of education and required homeschooling families to comply with the home instruction law a year earlier than is now required.
>>Senate Bill 2083 was the "Religious Freedom Restoration Act." It would have prohibited the state from substantially burdening a person's free exercise of religion unless the state demonstrated that there was a compelling governmental interest and that the state action was the least restrictive means of fulfilling that interest. HSLDA supported this legislation.
>>Senate Bill 2108 would have authorized local school districts to dual enroll homeschool students if the parent requested it. This change in the law would have entitled the student to participate in any academic and extracurricular activities to the same extent public school students do now. HSLDA took a neutral position on this legislation.

Dewitt T. Black