The Home School Court Report
VOLUME XV, NUMBER 4
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JULY / AUGUST 1999
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Cover Story
What Did the Founders Say? A Strategy to Bring Original Intent Back to U.S. Courts

Special Features
House Protects Liberty—When Money Is at Stake

Debate: The Clash of Skill, Wit, and Ideas

PHC Breaks New Ground

Touched By An Angel Responds to Home Schooler’s Concerns

National Center Reports
Straight A’s Bill Introduced

Marriage Penalty Tax Relief

New Plan Allows SSN Alternative for IRS Deductions

The Beginning of the End:National Teaching Certificates and Goals 2000

Military Recuitment of Home Schoolers Increasing

Across the States
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Regular Features
Press Clippings

A Contrario Sensu

Prayer and Praise

Litigation Report

President’s Page

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Home School Heartbeat in Kentucky

Benton
WVHM
90.5
FM
Campbellsville
WAPD
91.7
FM
Danville
WDFB
88.1
FM
Danville
WDFB
1170
AM
Greenup
WZZJ
1580
AM
Hardin
WAAJ
89.7
FM
Hardin
WTRT
88.1
FM
Latonia
WCVG
1320
AM
London
WGWM
980
AM
McDaniels
WBFI
91.5
FM
McKenzie
WAJJ
89.3
FM
Moorehead
WBMK
88.5
FM
Mt. Sterling
WAXG
88.1
FM
Paintsville
WAJP Net Radio - Channel 6

INTERNET
Paris
WPTJ
90.7
FM
Stanton
WBFC
1470
AM
Kentucky

Press Beats the Regulation Drum Again
    A May 6, 1999, Kentucky Post editorial claims that “minimal oversight over home schools opens the door to abuse and leaves kids short-changed.”
    Furthermore, postulates the author, the tremendous growth of home schooling underscores why it is time for Kentucky to have laws, regulations and standards to ensure an education for kids in home school.
    Herald education writer Linda Blackford joins in, reporting in a recent article that the number of Kentucky children schooled at home has tripled in eight years, raising questions about quality. Blackford indicates that the rise in home schooling has triggered more concerns about the lack of laws to track home schools and to ensure quality education. However, she fails to name any individual who will admit to concern or distress over the matter.
    Blackford quotes Joe Clark, who oversees home school statistics for the Kentucky Department of Education, as saying there is a concern that even parents with little or no formal education may withdraw students facing problems in school and choose to home school. Many other articles echo this theme of anxiety over the lack of being able to monitor how home schoolers do.
    Following a similar previous attack on home schooling by the press, anti-home school legislation was introduced in Kentucky’s 1998 legislative session. Many area newspapers—especially the Lexington Herald Leader and the Louisville Courier Journal—ran a series of articles casting a negative light on home schooling. These articles centered on an allegation that many home schoolers were not really home schooling, and called for increased monitoring of home schoolers in the state. If history repeats itself, home schoolers in Kentucky may find bills designed to restrict their freedoms introduced during the 2000 legislative session.
    The general provisions of the three 1998 anti-home school bills were: (1) Annual, mandatory standardized testing through the school district for all home school students; (2) Home school parents must possess at least a high school diploma or a GED; (3) Students subject to disciplinary action in public school could not leave to home school; and (4) Home schools would be visited at least once a year by the director of pupil personnel to review scholarship reports containing a daily log, a journal or lesson plan book and other relevant information regarding home schooling.
    By the grace of God and your efforts, these bills died in committee.
    This latest attack by the press may be signaling another legislative battle in the year 2000. HSLDA recommends the following course of action to maintain home school freedoms in Kentucky:

  • Every home schooler in the state should join a local support group, the statewide Christian Home Educators of Kentucky (CHEK) or the also-statewide Kentucky Home Education Association (KHEA), in order to be able to obtain accurate legislative news quickly.
  • HSLDA members should provide their e-mail addresses to HSLDA so they can receive legislative alerts, updates, and background information immediately.
  • Local support groups should invite state legislators to speak to their gatherings so they can become familiar with home schooling and meet the dedicated parents involved in this educational alternative. This kind of personal contact will help discredit negative stereotypes promoted by the press and leave legislators with the clear and positive message that “Home schooling works!”
  • The two state organizations, CHEK and KHEA, will again need to provide resources and leadership to defeat the anticipated anti-home schooling legislation.
  • All home schoolers should continue to pray for the protection of our freedom.
    HSLDA, in conjunction with CHEK, will continue to monitor all legislation in Kentucky and inform you of changes that will affect parental and home school freedoms.