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September / October 2003

Homeschooling around the world

A global view

What can you do?
Competition grows in HSLDA's 2nd essay contest

Landstuhl Regional Medical Center by Claire Novak

When words are not enough by Grace Lichlyter

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Standing together: 20 years later

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New homeschool law enacted

On June 30, 2003, Governor Ruth Ann Minner signed Senate Bill 103, giving Delaware a new homeschool law. This legislation was the culmination of dedicated work by Delaware homeschool leaders, particularly representatives of the Delaware Home Educators Association, who participated in the Homeschool Committee created in 2001 by Senate Joint Resolution 9. The new law defines the types of homeschools and clarifies the enrollment and attendance reporting requirements to the state.

According to the new law, a homeschool shall be considered a non-public school, and there shall be three types of homeschools defined as follows:

>>Single-family homeschool: the education of one's own child(ren) primarily by the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of such child(ren) mainly in their own residence.
>>Multi-family homeschool: the education of children primarily by the parents(s) or legal guardian(s) of such children mainly in one or several residences, or other facilities, when such children are not all related to each other as brother or sister. One person shall act as a liaison to the department of education for reporting enrollment and attendance information for all families involved.
>>Single-family homeschool coordinated with the local school district: the education of child(ren) primarily by the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of such child(ren) mainly in their own residence using a curriculum approved by the local superintendent or his/her designee. The local superintendent shall determine in writing that the student is or will be provided with regular and thorough instruction by the student's parent(s) or legal guardian(s) in the subjects prescribed for the public schools of the State and in a manner suitable to children of the same age and stage of advancement.

As a non-public school, a homeschool must report end-of-the-year attendance information to the Delaware Department of Education by July 31 and pupil enrollment by October 31 of each year on forms prescribed by the department.

Home School Legal Defense Association considers this new law to be a significant improvement on prior law, which contained no definition of a homeschool and was subject to various interpretations.

Dewitt T. Black