Originally Sent: 7/26/2013
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Law Expands Access
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Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,
As part of its omnibus budget bill, the Ohio Legislature passed two provisions that affect homeschooling families in Ohio. In particular, the Ohio Legislature has made it possible for Ohio homeschoolers to be able to receive funding from Ohio’s post-secondary enrollment options (“PSEO”) program and has directed that Ohio’s school districts allow homeschooled students to participate in extracurricular activities on an equal basis.
Public School Activities
House Bill 59, the Omnibus Budget Bill, states that a student who is home educated and excused pursuant to the ORC 3321.04 (that is, in compliance with O.A.C. 3301-34—the homeschool regulation) “shall be afforded … the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities offered at the district school to which the student otherwise would be assigned during that school year.”
Previously, Ohio did not have any laws specifically addressing the issue of a homeschool student’s participation in public school activities, leaving each district free to come up with their own policies. Under the new law, at a minimum, homeschoolers will have access to extracurricular activities at the public school that they would otherwise be assigned to. The Ohio High School Athletic Association has updated its policy. To learn more about equal access issues generally, please visit our issues library page.
Dual Enrollment Funding
New language was also added to the law making it possible for homeschoolers to fully participate in the PSEO program which pays for dual enrollment college courses at participating Ohio institutions of higher learning.
Homeschooling families who wish to participate in the PSEO program must notify the Department of Education by April 1 of the year prior to which they plan to participate. The legislation allows the DOE to relax that deadline for homeschooled students who wish to participate for the 2013-2014 school year. To find out more about how to apply for PSEO program funding, visit the Ohio Department of Education website. This page has not yet been updated to reflect the new law.
You can find the entire budget bill online. The extracurricular access provisions can be found on pages 836-837 and the PSEO provisions can be found on pages 1069-1074.
HSLDA works with CHEO to protect your right to freely homeschool in Ohio. Both organizations were involved in the passage of HB 59, and we encourage our members and friends to support CHEO because of its valuable contributions to defending homeschooling freedom in Ohio. Please consider becoming a financial supporter of CHEO by visiting their website.
If you have questions about the homeschool laws in Ohio, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are here to serve you!
Very truly yours,
Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney
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