Special Panel to Study Home Schooling In Connecticut
At a special hearing on March 1, 1990, which was attended by numerous home schoolers, the State Department of Education in Connecticut voted to move forward with its Home School Study Committee. Twelve members are being appointed to the panel, with four members representing the Department of Education, four representing local school districts, and four representing home schoolers. The first committee meeting is to be held on April 9. Meetings are planned every two to three weeks with the goal of finishing the project in two or three months. The apparent goal of the board is to develop new guidelines (non-binding) and a State Board policy on home schooling. Home schoolers in Connecticut are very desirous of achieving recognition that they are not required by state law to obtain the approval of local school districts.
Members of TEACH and CHEA had a very positive meeting in early April to plan strategy for their participation on the panel. After examining Ohiorsquo;s legislative experience, they were convinced that it was much better to go into the sessions prepared. Legal and historical analysis of Connecticutrsquo;s law confirmed that attendance records only are required, and all other forms of reporting for home schoolers would be voluntary. Orientation meetings have demonstrated that each side in this discussion has definite concerns. These members will need your prayerful intercession throughout the summer months.