The Home School Court Report
VOLUME XV, NUMBER 6
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NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 1999
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Even a Child
Scripture memory is an important part of Bible class in the Benz family. Last year, our first grader, Kalaheo, worked on memorizing Proverbs 20:11: “Even a child is known by his deeds, whether what he does is pure and right.” After reciting the scripture together for a few days, Mommy asked Kalaheo if he could say it without her help. Kaleheo quickly said “Yes! Proverbs 20:11. Even a child is known by his deeds, whether he likes it or not!”

Richard & Carol
Benz Honolulu, HI
Hawaii

Changes in Administrative Rules Proposed

At press time, Hawaii is considering changes, both favorable and unfavorable, in the administrative rules governing home schooling.

One change would lower the age for a home schooled child who wants to earn a high school diploma from the community school for adults from 17 years of age to 16 (except in the case of emancipated minors). The additional requirements for this diploma option remain the same: the student must have been home schooled for at least one semester, and must take and achieve a satisfactory score on the GED test.

Another proposed change has to do with testing. The administrative rules currently require standardized testing in grades three, six, eight, and ten. The amendment language adjusts this requirement to: “as determined by the superintendent.” (It is not clear whether this means the district superintendent or the state superintendent of education.)

Home School Legal Defense Association believes that the immediate intent of this change is to adjust the testing of home schooled students to coincide with that of public school students which is now grades three, five, seven, and nine.

However, the breadth of the proposed language makes the potential for abuse obvious: the superintendent may decide to require standardized testing of home schooled students every year. HSLDA believes that this carte blanche authority should be opposed by all home schooling families in Hawaii.

As required by state law, public hearings are being conducted to receive comments by citizens who either favor or oppose the proposed amendments to the administrative rules. These hearings provide an excellent opportunity for the voices of home schooling families to be heard.