Home School Legal Defense Association tracked various bills affecting home educators in Washington during the 2003 legislative session, none of which became law.
|>>||House Bill 1220 would have exempted from public inspection and copying all personal and academic information on homeschool students on file with school districts, including the declaration of intent to conduct home-based instruction. HSLDA supported this bill.|
|>>||House Bill 1586 and Senate Bill 5116 would have prohibited transition facilities for sex offenders from being located in close proximity to homes where home-based instruction was taking place. HSLDA supported these bills.|
|>>||House Bill 1658 would have required all persons under 18 to pass a Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) or comparable assessment in order to obtain a driver's license. This would have specifically required homeschool students to take these tests which are based on the public school curriculum. HSLDA opposed this bill.|
|>>||Senate Bill 5138 would have changed the homeschool law to permit homeschool students to take the Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) primarily for the purpose of qualifying for a Promise Scholarship. HSLDA did not oppose this legislation, but was concerned that such testing might evolve from being permissive to mandatory through future legislation.|