Originally Sent: 3/10/2014

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Attend Hearing on Homeschool Bill

Homeschooling in Pennsylvania

Help support passage of HB 1013.



Senior Counsel Dee Black answers questions and assists members with legal issues. He and his wife homeschooled their children.
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Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

House Bill 1013, legislation that would remove superintendents from evaluating home education programs, is scheduled for a hearing before the House Education Committee on Monday, March 17, 2014 at the Capitol in Harrisburg. I urge you to attend this hearing so that members of the committee will see how important the passage of this bill is to home educators. I will be there to testify in favor of the bill.

Following are the noteworthy changes that HB 1013 would make in the current law for home education programs:

  • Eliminate the public school superintendent’s review of portfolios;
  • Require superintendents to accept an evaluator’s determination that an appropriate education is occurring in the home education program;
  • Provide for an administrative procedure to resolve any claim by the superintendent that the parent has failed to comply with any aspect of the homeschool law;
  • Ensure that the home education program may continue during the time of any appeal of an adverse ruling by a hearing examiner; and
  • Require that a high school diploma issued by the supervisor of a home education program be recognized the same as a diploma issued by the commonwealth.

The current homeschool law was passed in 1988, 25 years ago, at a time when there was a great deal of skepticism about the viability of homeschooling as an educational option. As a result, Pennsylvania’s law remains one of the most restrictive in the nation, second only to New York. Homeschoolers in Pennsylvania have tried for over 10 years to get relief from the oppressive requirements of the current law. It is time for Pennsylvania to join the majority of states that have enacted laws that do not demand unreasonable and unnecessary government oversight of parents teaching their children at home.

The hearing is scheduled on March 17 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Capitol, Irvis Office Building G-50 (ground floor). I hope to see you there!

Please forward this email to other homeschooling families who are not members of HSLDA and ask them to attend the hearing as well.

View the text of House Bill 1013 >>

Very truly yours,

Dewitt T. Black, III
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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