June 15, 2005

Senate Bill 223: Vouchers for Homeschool Students

Senator Barbara Cegavske (R-Clark District 8)

This bill would allow homeschool parents to request an annual voucher of up to $1000 per child being instructed at home.

This effort is not a new one. In past years there have been various programs, with various names, designed for the purpose of using public funds to pay for all or part of the costs of students' tuition at private or religious schools. Those in support of vouchers say they increase "school choice" or "parent choice." HSLDA opposes vouchers as they are not a free-hand-out from the government and will regulate parental freedoms. To date, no national voucher system has been established, nor has any state created a voucher system available to homeschools.

Our government has the responsibility to spend our money frugally. For the government to "just give" vouchers to homeschoolers would be irresponsible and pointless. If no strings are attached to vouchers, why waste the time and money sending tax dollars through a complicated bureaucracy only to be returned to the parents? Voucher proponents have conceded that regulation would accompany vouchers, but claim it would not be "excessive." HSLDA has spent nearly 20 years fighting to protect parental rights to teach children at home, vouchers would hinder the furtherance of this right.

This bill already states that parents who request the vouchers must submit documentation proving that their student "received instruction at home that was at least commensurate with the grade level of the child," thus giving the state approval power over the homeschool program.

03/21/2005Introduced, referred to Human Resources and Education Committee.
04/26/2005Exemption effective, waiting for third reading.
6/6/2005Bill died

HSLDA's Position:
HSLDA is opposed to this bill.

Action Requested:
None at this time.

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Bill History