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Senate Bill 4767, which would eliminate the most burdensome restrictions of the law governing home instruction programs, passed the Senate Education Committee unanimously. It now goes to the full New York Senate for a vote. Home School Legal Defense Association encourages home schooling families to contact their state senators to demonstrate overwhelming support for this legislation.
S.B. 4767 would make the following improvements to the current law:
- eliminate the requirement of an Individualized Home Instruction Plan (IHIP);
- eliminate the requirement of quarterly reports;
- eliminate required subjects at all grade levels;
- permit the alternative method of evaluation (instead of standardized testing) every year;
- permit parents who wish to test their children to choose any nationally-normed standardized achievement test, a New York State Education Department test, or another approved test;
- eliminate the requirement that the local superintendent consent to the person who administers a standardized achievement test or who conducts the alternative method of evaluation;
- lower the minimum standardized test score from above the 33rd percentile to above the 23rd percentile; and
- eliminate the provision for home visits while a home instruction program is on probation.
If this bill is enacted, it will not only relieve parents and public school officials of time-consuming administrative tasks, it will also significantly increase the freedom of home educators in the Empire State. New York has the potential to go from a state with one of the most restrictive home school laws in the nation to a state with one of the most favorable.
To review a copy of the bill text, go to: http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?bn=S04767&sh=t
To view a complete list of bills HSLDA is monitoring in New York go to: http://www.hslda.org/hs/state/NY/default.asp.