Across the States
In January 2010, Home School Legal Defense Association discovered that the Wyoming legislature was planning to introduce a bill that would increase the maximum age of compulsory school attendance from 16 to 18. HSLDA worked together with Homeschoolers of Wyoming (HOW) and WyWatch to promptly notify homeschoolers across the state, who in turn made contact with legislators asking them to oppose the legislation. Thanks to this wave of opposition, the bill died due to “lack of motion” (no one on the joint education committee made a motion for it to pass).
The legislative battle was not over yet. On February 11, House Bill 109 was introduced, which would have required parents to meet with a school district official and sign their parental consent before withdrawing a child under the age of 18 from public school. HSLDA successfully worked with one of the bill’s sponsors to propose an amendment exempting parents from this requirement if they inform the district that they are enrolling their child in a home-based educational program.
The vigilance of local homeschoolers was critical this legislative session in defending the right of parents to educate their children at home, free from unwanted and unnecessary government regulation. HSLDA will continue to collaborate with HOW and WyWatch to help defend this fundamental right.
— by Michael P. Donnelly