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May / June 2005

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Legislature considers bills affecting homeschoolers

Six bills containing proposals to change Mississippi's compulsory school attendance age failed to be enacted during the 2005 legislative session. Four of these bills tracked by Home School Legal Defense Association would have expanded the state's control over education, while two of the bills would have provided parents with more authority to determine the ages of school attendance.

Other bills tracked by HSLDA that would have affected Mississippi homeschoolers died in committee. They include the following:

>> House Bill 232: This tax credit bill for nonpublic schools and homeschools would have entitled families to receive a tax credit equal to one-third of the cost of educational supplies necessary for home instruction.
>> HB 488: This bill would have permitted homeschool students to dual enroll in public school and participate in extracurricular activities.
>> HB 630: This bill would have required school districts to lend homeschoolers surplus textbooks and would have authorized local school boards to establish policies regarding the use of public school libraries by homeschool students.
>> HB 1406: This was a tax credit bill for education expenses, providing for a gradual phase-in of tax relief beginning in 2006.

—by Dewitt T. Black