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August 25, 2005

New Law Making a Difference in Utah

As HSLDA works with school districts to implement Utah's excellent new homeschool law, it is exciting to see the law's effect in district's that are implementing the changes.

The Jordan School District, for instance, has completely revised its system of forms to reflect the new law. In their cover letter, they accurately quote the new provision, which says that children "shall be excused from attendance" upon submission of an annual notice of intent by the family. For anyone familiar with Jordan's previous forms, this is a significant improvement.

However, the packet is not perfect. The form indicates that there are specific credits required for each of the mandated subjects. In addition, the form asks for information on the "Boundary School," grade level, birth date of the child, whether this is a new "request" or not, whether the child has ever been registered as a homeschool, and whether the child will be participating in any public school activities. None of these are required by the law.