March 25, 2005

House Bill 317: Public School Dropouts That Homeschool May Have Drivers License Revoked

Representative Mike Cherry

House Bill 317 would have revised the definition of a student who is deemed to be a "dropout" or "academically deficient." Currently, the law classifies a student enrolled in the public school as a dropout if they had nine or more unexcused absences in the preceding semester. Under the law a student is classified as academically deficient if he has not received a passing grade in a least four courses, or the equivalent of four courses, in the preceding semester.

The law requires the superintendent of the district to notify the Transportation Cabinet to revoke the drivers license or permit of a student who is 16 or 17 and classified as a dropout or academically deficient.

House Bill 317 would have amended the law to include homeschool students age 16 or 17 who have been withdrawn from the public school because they would be classified as a dropout or academically deficient under the above definitions. Under House Bill 317 if the homeschool student was withdrawn to avoid the revocation of his driver's license then they would have been classified as a dropout or academically deficient in the homeschool setting and the license shall still be revoked.

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02/04/2005Introduced in House
02/07/2005Sent to House Education Committee
03/21/05The bill is dead as the Legislature has adjourned

HSLDA's Position:
HSLDA opposes the singling out of homeschool students in this bill. While the intent of the bill is to encourage public school students to study to avoid losing their driver's license and prevent students from claiming to be homeschooled to keep their driver's license, we believe that simply focusing on homeschoolers will create negative scrutiny of parents seeking to teach their children at home if they decide to pull them out of public school.

Action Requested:
No action requested at this time.

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