Worst Home School Bill in the Nation Introduced in Kansas
When the Kansas Association of School Boards (KASB) introduced House Bill 2392, the worst home school law introduced since HSLDA was founded in 1983 began to move through the legislative process. If enacted, the bill would basically outlaw home schooling. The two worst provisions of the bill require both home schools and private schools: (1) to be taught by only “certificated teachers” and (2) to have all students participate in a “minimum competency assessment program” administered by the State Board of Education. Children must satisfactorily demonstrate educational progress.
The fact that the House Education Committee routinely approved the bill upon its introduction does not mean that all legislative members of the committee who approved the bill actually support its requirements. HSLDA legal staff have contacted the office of the Chairman of the Education Committee, Rick Bowden, and learned that there is a strong possibility that this bill will not go any further this session. The Chairman apparently is not eager to push this bill. However, in other states in the past, home schoolers have been assured a bad bill would die in committee, only to be taken totally by surprise later in the session as the bill passed out of committee.
Therefore, HSLDA sent an “alert” package to members, encouraging a “grass roots” response to the Chairman and members of the Education Committee. This effort served two purposes: (1) to “nip in the bud” this legislation so that it does not proceed any further, and (2) to educate legislators about home schooling, thereby preventing future harmful legislation.
HSLDA recommended that each home schooler explain foremost that home schooling works, emphasizing many of the positive results and giving examples of success in their own programs. Members could point out that home schooling is a “minority right” and a fundamental right guaranteed by the Constitution. Each home schooler was to urge the legislator to do all he could to keep H.B. 2392 from proceeding any further.
HSLDA will be working closely with Kansas home school leaders and Topeka attorney Kent Vincent to monitor this bill.