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Law Affecting Home Education Programs Changed
On June 30, 2011, Governor Tom Corbett signed into law House Bill 1352, which made numerous changes in Pennsylvania’s education law, including one that affects home education programs. Section 13-1327.1 of Pennsylvania Statutes Annotated, the statute governing home education programs, requires that the affidavit filed by the parent or guardian with the superintendent include a sworn statement that all adults living in the home and persons having legal custody of a child being homeschooled have not been convicted of certain crimes listed in Section 1-111(e) within the past five years. The recent legislation adds more crimes to the list in Section 1-111(e) that will prevent a home education program from being conducted. These additional crimes are as follows:
- Section 2910 (relating to luring a child into a motor vehicle or structure);
- Section 3124.2 (relating to institutional sexual assault);
- Section 3129 (relating to sexual intercourse with animal);
- Section 6318 (relating to unlawful contact with minor);
- Section 6319 (relating to solicitation of minors to traffic drugs); and
- Section 6320 (relating to sexual exploitation of children).
Under the new law, included with the list of crimes now specified in Section 1-111(e) are other crimes similar in nature “under the laws or former laws of the United States or one of its territories or possessions, another state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or a foreign nation, or under a former law of this Commonwealth.”
The new law goes into effect 90 days after being approved by the governor or on October 1, 2011.