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New Law Excuses Homeschoolers from Jury Duty
On April 18, 2006, Governor Sonny Perdue signed into law House Bill 376 excusing homeschooling parents from jury duty in certain circumstances. The new law does not create a general exemption for parents who are homeschooling their children but permits the primary teacher in a home study program to be excused or deferred from jury duty during the time of teaching. The parent is required to sign an affidavit stating that he or she is the primary teacher in the home study program and has no reasonably available
alternative for the child or children during the time of jury service. Since Georgia law permits parents to hire a tutor to conduct the home study program, the jury duty exemption would also apply to the tutor as the primary teacher.
The effective date of the new law was July 1, 2006.
— by Dewitt T. Black