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4/1/2009 3:29:32 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Idaho--Victory for Homeschool Freedom Bill

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April 1, 2009

Idaho--Victory for Homeschool Freedom Bill

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Senate Bill 1017 has passed both the House and the Senate unanimously!
The bill is headed for Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter, who has indicated
his willingness to approve the bill.

This is a significant victory for homeschool freedom in Idaho. These
amendments being adopted into the compulsory school attendance law to
protect homeschooling will enable Idaho to avoid the danger
experienced by California last year. In California, the Court of
Appeals ruled last year that homeschooled students could only be
taught by parents who were certified teachers--the main reason was
that there was no specific provision in the law allowing parents to
individually teach children. For several months, the right to
homeschool hung in the balance. By God's grace, and a lot of hard
work, the Court of Appeals granted a rehearing and accepted our
arguments. The judges totally reversed themselves so that homeschool
freedoms now continue in California.

In Idaho, with these new amendments being passed and soon enacted into
law, we will avoid the California situation entirely.

Senate Bill 1017 will do the following:

1. It specifically adds private home education in the compulsory
school attendance law.

2. It removes the requirement that this private instruction has to be
"comparable" to the public school curriculum.

3. It clarifies that homeschoolers do not have to teach any certain
number of hours or days per year.

4. With this language added, the law allows other friends or relatives
to provide the teaching--not only parents. This flexibility is
important for times of crisis where parents want to continue
homeschooling but need to have the support of someone outside the home
to provide the instruction for a time.

We are thankful to have contributed to the joint endeavor with ICHE
and CHOIS to make this change a reality. We recommend that you send a
thank-you to the two sponsors (listed below) who did a lot of hard
work to get this bill passed in the House and Senate.

You can reach Sen. Russell Fulcher at (208) 332-1340 or
rfulcher@senate.idaho.gov and Rep. Bob Nonini at (208) 667-5762 or
bnonini@house.idaho.gov.

To hear more about the miracle of this bill's passage and to be
encouraged with many good workshops and sessions, we urge you to
register now to attend the CHOIS "Growing in Unity" Convention on June
12 and 13 in Nampa, Idaho. I will speaking there and giving several
sessions and keynotes. For more information and to register, visit
www.chois.org. We hope to see you there.

Sincerely,

Chris Klicka, HSLDA Senior Counsel

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