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9/20/2011 9:56:05 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Parent's Right Secured to Determine Education for Special-Needs Children

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From: Family Protection Ministries and HSLDA

Parent's Right Secured to Determine
the Education for Their Special-Needs Children

In past years, families have been contacted by various local education
agencies and pressured to have their special-needs children evaluated
and involved in a public school education program. Although
California legislation was passed in both 2007 and 2010 to address
these concerns, we at Family Protection Ministries (FPM) have recently
begun receiving questions about whether parents are required to enroll
their special-needs children in these public school programs.

We praise God for blessing the work of FPM, in teamwork with HSLDA,
for success in passing AB 1841 in 2010 and AB 1663 in 2007. These
victories ensure that homeschooling parents in California do not have
to be involved with any special-needs public program. This
legislation also allows parents to opt out of these programs even if
they were previously involved.


AB 1841 (Special Education: Parental Consent) was introduced in the
2009-2010 legislative session, to make some changes to state law
passed in 2007 (AB 1663) that specifically permits the parents of "a
child who is home schooled or placed in a private school by the
parents at their own expense" to choose to not participate in the
public school special education program. FPM carefully monitored AB
1841 to make sure that this parental right was preserved.

AB 1663 was passed and signed into law in October of 2007. It brought
California's special education law into conformance with new federal
law. This included conformance to those portions of the federal law
that specifically permitted the parents of "a child who is home
schooled or placed in a private school by the parents at their own
expense" to choose to not participate in or to withdraw from the
publicly funded and provided program and any associated Individualized
Education Program (IEP).

The new federal law referred to above was a result of HSLDA's hard
work in 2006. The new wording in federal law ensured that local
public school officials could not require that any homeschooled
special-needs child be enrolled in a public school program.
Specifically, a homeschooled child with special education needs who
had an IEP could not be forced to continue to be educated in
accordance with their IEP if the parents wanted to opt out of the
public school's program. This also meant that local education
agencies could not compel the parents of any child to have their child
evaluated to determine eligibility for receiving special education

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