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2/28/2012 2:10:11 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
HSLDA Opposed to Senate Bill 384

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HSLDA Opposed to Senate Bill 384

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

As some of you may have heard, Indiana Senate Bill 384 was amended in
the House Education Committee late last week. In the hearing an
amendment was proposed for SB 384 to require homeschool parents to
submit an educational plan before withdrawing their children from high
school.

Sensing that Amendment No. 3 was not good for the homeschool
community, Rep. Thompson asked what homeschoolers thought of it. We
understand that the chairman, Rep. Robert Behning, responded that
homeschoolers supported the bill. In fact, we understand that both
Indiana Association of Home Educators (IAHE) and HSLDA were mentioned
as supporting the amendment.

This is certainly not true. HSLDA is vehemently opposed to this
amendment. We have already written a letter to key members of the
Indiana Legislature to inform them of our objections to this
amendment. You can see the letter here:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13865

HSLDA is extremely disappointed with this misrepresentation. No one
from the Indiana Legislature contacted HSLDA about Amendment No. 3
prior to it being introduced in committee. No one in the Indiana
Legislature asked for our opinion on the amendment. While we were
aware of the possibility of an amendment being proposed, we had
clearly made our position against it be known. HSLDA has been working
behind the scenes this entire legislative session with IAHE and Micah
Clark with the American Family Association of Indiana to stop this
attempt to add requirements to homeschoolers.

Action Requested:

The House has heard your opposition to this bill! At this time we are
not requesting any more calls but ask you to closely monitor this
situation. If the bill passes the House it will have to go to
Conference Committee, and we expect to be able to remove this
amendment at that time.


Background:

Senate Bill 384 originally dealt with accredited schools. However,
after passing the Senate it was amended in the House Education
Committee to add a new section to Indiana law. This section states:

SECTION 20. IC 20-33-2-28.6 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW
SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2012]: Sec. 28.6. (a)
This section applies to a high school student who is transferring to a
nonaccredited nonpublic school located in a private residence.

(b) Before a student withdraws from a public school, the student and
the parent or guardian of the student must present an education plan
to the principal of the public school. The principal must inform the
student and the parent or guardian of the student of the parent's or
guardian's minimum educational responsibilities for the student,
including compulsory attendance, and that failure to ensure compliance
with the minimum educational responsibilities could result in a charge
of neglect of a dependent under IC 35-46-1-4. If the student and the
parent or guardian of the student fail to provide an education plan to
the principal, the principal shall report the student to the bureau of
motor vehicles for action under section 28.5(g) of this chapter."

Amendment No. 3 is simply a modified version of Senate Bill 374 that
was introduced earlier this session. While we were able to help stop
that bill, those pushing this issue added Amendment No. 3 to Senate
Bill 384. In the discussion about Senate Bill 374 HSLDA made it very
clear to the Indiana Department of Education that we did not support
this approach at all.

Thank you for your support for homeschool freedom in Indiana!


Sincerely,

Thomas J. Schmidt
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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As a member of HSLDA, you have 80,000 families standing with you
to protect and advance homeschool freedoms in the United States
and foreign countries.

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