Originally Sent: 6/5/2014
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Homeschool Bill Passes
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:
Good news! Yesterday the Pennsylvania House Education Committee voted in favor of House Bill 1013, which would improve the homeschool law by removing public school superintendents from the evaluation of portfolios and requiring that homeschool diplomas issued by parents be recognized by the Commonwealth. The bill was amended slightly as it relates to diplomas earned through a home education program, but the changes are not overly burdensome. The bill is now in the House Rules Committee where it will be considered prior to a vote by the full House of Representatives.
There was no vote on House Bill 2037, which would raise the compulsory school attendance age from 17 to 18. Under current law, a child is subject to the compulsory attendance requirements until age 17 unless he or she “holds a certificate of graduation from a regularly accredited senior high school.” Students who complete a home education program, even those who receive a diploma from an organization recognized by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, are not in an accredited program. They continue to be subject to the compulsory attendance law until age 17. HB 2037 would exacerbate the problem by extending the compulsory attendance requirements to 17-year-old homeschool graduates who could be prosecuted for truancy until age 18.
We will continue to monitor these two bills and advise you of requested action to help pass HB 1013 and defeat HB 2037.
Very truly yours,
Dewitt T. Black, III
HSLDA Senior Counsel
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