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September / October 2003

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Bills affecting homeschoolers fail to pass

During the 2003 legislative session, the General Assembly of Georgia considered five bills affecting homeschooling families, none of which were enacted. A summary of the bills follows:

>>House Bill 179: This bill would have raised the compulsory attendance age from 16 to 17. Home School Legal Defense Association opposed this bill as being an expansion of state oversight over education.
>>House Bill 337: This bill would have created a tax credit of up to $250 for parents conducting home study programs. HSLDA supported this legislation.
>>House Bill 406: This bill would have increased the compulsory attendance age from 6 to 7, but it would have also increased the penalties for a truancy conviction. HSLDA supported the change in the compulsory attendance age but opposed the changes in penalties.
>>House Bill 985: This bill would have added private homeschool students to a program now permitting public schools students to enroll in college and receive high school credit for courses taken. If the student had then enrolled in the college after high school graduation, the college would have awarded credit for those courses previously taken. HSLDA supported this bill.
>>Senate Bill 210: This bill would have entitled students in home study programs to participate in extra-curricular activities at the public school. HSLDA took a neutral position on this bill.

Each of these bills will carry over into the next legislative session. HSLDA will continue to monitor and inform our members of their progress.

Dewitt T. Black