The Home School Court Report
VOLUME XV, NUMBER 1
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JANUARY / FEBRUARY 1999
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Cover Story
Home Visits Ruled Unconstitutional by Mass. Supreme Judicial Court

Special Features
A Scorecard for the 105th Congress

Another Home Schooling Statesman

National Center Reports
Vocational Education Bill Passes With Protection

Preparing for the 106th Congress

FDIC Drafts “Know Your Customer” Regulations

Children’s Scholarship Fund Moves Forward

Free Computers for Home Schoolers

Across the States
State by State

Regular Features
Press Clippings

Notes to Members

Prayer and Praise

Active Cases

President’s Page

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Freedom Watch
Vocational education bill passes with protections

After three years of careful monitoring by the National Center for Home Education and other conservative leaders, the 105th Congress’ vocational education legislation culminated in H.R. 1853, the Carl Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Act, which passed Congress and was signed by President Clinton. Many feared this bill would be another step toward pushing home and private school students into a government-supervised, School-to-Work framework for their education. However, we are happy to report that it is not.
    Drafted by the National Center, the following sections were approved by Congress and are now part of the law. This language protects all individuals, including home educated students.

    SEC. 5. “(b) Prohibition on the Development of a National Database—Nothing in this Act shall be construed to permit the development of a national database of personally identifiable information on individuals receiving services under this Act.”

    SEC. 6. “None of the funds made available under this Act may be used to provide funding under the School-to-Work Opportunities Act of 1994 (20 U.S.C. 6101 et. seq.) or to carry out, through programs funded this Act, activities that were funded under the School-to-Work Opportunities Act of 1994 . . .”

    SEC. 313. “Nothing in this Act shall be construed to permit, allow, encourage, or authorize any Federal control over any aspect of a private, religious, or home school regardless of whether a home school is treated as a private school or home school under State law.”

    SEC. 314. “No funds made available under this Act shall be used—(1) to require any secondary school student to choose or pursue a specific career path or major; and (2) to mandate that any individual participate in a vocational education program, including a vocational education program that requires the attainment of a federally funded skill level or standard; or (3) to require any individual to obtain a federally funded or an endorsed certificate of mastery.”