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1/31/2005 5:09:30 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Utah--E-mails needed: Bill introduced to expand homeschool freedoms!

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January 31, 2005


Utah--E-mails needed: Bill introduced to expand homeschool freedoms!


Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Senate Bill 59 would greatly expand the freedom of each family to
homeschool their children free from government interference. It would
eliminate the school district's approval power, and would specifically
delineate what the school district can ask for-and not ask for-in
documenting that homeschooling is taking place.

This would be a tremendous step forward for Utah's families!


ACTION REQUESTED

Please contact the Senate Education Committee. Tell them, "SB 59
would greatly increase homeschool freedoms, and clarify Utah's vague
law. Please vote yes on this bill!"

Senate Education Committee

Sen. David L. Thomas, Chair
dthomas@co.summit.ut.us

Sen. Patrice M. Arent
parent@utahsenate.org

Sen. D. Chris Buttars
dcbuttars@utahsenate.org

Sen. Dan R. Eastman
deastman@utahsenate.org

Sen. Karen Hale
khale@utahsenate.org

Sen. Mark B. Madsen
mmadsen@utahsenate.org

Sen. Howard A. Stephenson
hstephenson@utahsenate.org


BACKGROUND

Utah is one of only three states in the nation that still gives school
districts power to "approve" homeschools. Beyond that, Utah's law is
vague and fails to give school districts the guidance they need to
avoid infringing homeschool freedom.

This bill would clarify Utah homeschool law by taking away the school
district's "approval" power. It provides that a school-age minor
shall be excused from attendance upon the filing of an affidavit by
the parent stating that the child will be homeschooled.

Furthermore, this bill makes it clear that a parent is in charge of
the child's education. It states that:

* The parent is solely responsible for the selection of instructional
materials and textbooks, though the required subjects must be taught.

* The parent is solely responsible for the time, place, and method of
instruction, though a child must be taught "for the same length of
time as minors are required to receive instruction in public schools."

* A school board may not require a parent to keep records of
instruction or attendance.

* A school board may not require credentials for individuals
homeschooling their children.

* A school board may not inspect homeschool facilities.

* A school board may not require standardized or other testing of
homeschool students.


Sincerely,


Scott Somerville
HSLDA Staff Attorney


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