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House Bill 725: Requires Home Schoolers on Welfare to Take Annual Standardized Tests
House Bill 725 would have forced every home schooler on Welfare to take annual standardized tests. Because the bill did not mandate tests for public school students on welfare, it singled out home school families on Welfare for discriminatory treatment.
This bill was introduced to the House on February 21, 2002, and sent to the House Committee on Education on February 22. On April 15, 2002 the Legislature adjourned without ever considering the bill in committee. Thankfully, HB 725 is now dead.
We must protest any bill that singles out home school families on Welfare for discriminatory treatment. This bill should be amended to require testing for every Welfare child. Anything else creates a serious injustice, because it punishes poor families who pull their children out of failing public schools. If every child on Welfare had to take tests every year, it would be easy to tell whether a home school program is an improvement over the public school program. But if only home schoolers have to take tests, the family of a student who fell way behind in public school may be blamed for the public school's failure. The public school has the power to drag these families into court in truancy battles, and poor families are least able to fight against this system.
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