The Home School Court Report
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March / April 1991
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H. R. 6

Cover Stories

Legislative Storms Bring Serious Battles to Home Schoolers In Several States

Montana Legislature Rejects Attempt to Force Home Schoolers into Public School Testing

Legislative Update

Maine Introduces “Home Visit” Legislation

Legislative Surprises In Maryland Threaten Home Education

Arizona Home Schoolers Succeed in Amending Unacceptable Law

Legislation Succeeds in North Dakota Senate

Worst Home School Bill in the Nation Introduced in Kansas

Persistent Legislator Causes Trouble for Connecticut Home Schoolers

Great Britain Reveals Favorable Home-Schooling Law

Townspeople Defend Home Schoolers' Rights: F.A.I.T.H. and Victory in Massachusetts


President's Corner

Across the States

National Center Reports

C O V E R   S T O R Y

Great Britain Reveals Favorable Home-Schooling Law

Through the efforts of Christian Solidarity International (CSI), an international human rights organization, HSLDA learned that Great Britain's Department of Education recently revealed a fairly favorable legal environment for home schooling in that nation. The applicable law declares that a parent must cause each child to receive “efficient full-time education suitable to his age, ability, and aptitude, and to any special education needs he may have, either by regular attendance at school or otherwise.” The Department of Education recognizes that this approach clearly permits home schooling.

The Department takes the position that home schoolers should contact their local school authorities to demonstrate that the education being provided meets the standards listed above. This situation is not unlike many states which have “equivalency-type” laws. The standards may be vague, but it can be an amicable situation if the local authorities cooperate.

This information was obtained upon request of an HSLDA member family who were contemplating a move to Great Britain. Michael Farris, who serves on the International Board of CSI, contacted his counterpart in Great Britain for assistance. CSI-Britain arranged for a member of Parliament to request the needed advice from the Department of Education.

CSI-Germany is in the process of inquiring into a home-schooling conflict between parents and educational authorities in that country. German authorities take the position that home schooling is not permitted. CSI's address in the United States is P.O. Box 24042, Washington, DC 20024.