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June 25, 2009

Homeschool Bill Fails

A bill that would have established a procedure for withdrawal of a child from public school for home instruction failed to gain support of legislators during Connecticut’s 2009 legislative session. Designated as Proposed Bill No. 5761 in the House of Representatives, this legislation would have permitted a parent or guardian to send a notice by certified mail, return receipt requested, to the public school principal or superintendent of the local or regional board of education that the child was being withdrawn from public school to receive equivalent instruction elsewhere.

Home School Legal Defense Association supported this legislation, primarily to avoid unreasonable withdrawal procedures that might otherwise be imposed on parents desiring to begin homeschooling after the beginning of the school term. Parents deciding to conduct home instruction before the start of the school term do not have to withdraw their children from public school.