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3/1/2004 4:29:21 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Kentucky--"Voluntary" Certification of Homeschoolers in Kentucky

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

February 26, 2004

Kentucky--"Voluntary" Certification of Homeschoolers in Kentucky

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

HSLDA has monitored many efforts to regulate or prohibit
homeschooling over the last 20 years, but Representative Kathy Stein
has come up with a whole new twist. House Bill 610 would require the
Kentucky Board of Education to draft regulations to "establish a
voluntary in-state certification process for home schools." It is
not clear whether any homeschoolers have requested a "voluntary"
certification process, so this proposal is causing homeschool leaders
to wonder about the real agenda behind this bill. We need your help
to get to the bottom of this.

Action Requested:

Please call Representative Kathy Stein, at 502-564-8100, and ask why
she has filed HB 610. Please feel free to explain why your family
sees no need for "voluntary" certification at this time.


House Bill 610 would require the Board of Education to establish
"organizational and instruction standards" for "certified home
schools," including standards for the application review process, the
minimum teacher qualification, the minimum curriculum offerings, the
minimum testing requirements, which may include nationally norm-
referenced standardized tests.

Many states have a "certification" or "approval" option for private
schools. They allow some private schools to seek state recognition
for their programs. This makes a lot of sense, since private schools
must compete with other private schools for tuition paying students.
A school that receives state approval or accreditation is in a better
position to compete in the private school marketplace. Homeschoolers
do not compete for students in the same way, so the "certification"
proposal is essentially null and void for homeschoolers.

This proposed bill would introduce the term "homeschooling" into
Kentucky law for the first time. For many years, homeschoolers have
operated simply as a private school. While HSLDA would not oppose
legislation that helps some families, we will actively resist any
efforts to "divide and conquer" homeschoolers. We will be monitoring
this bill very closely.


Scott Somerville
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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