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For many years, homeschoolers filed an "application for excuse" from school attendance, but they were not actually excused until the school board acted on the "application." In 2011, however, the legislature amended the law so that the student was excused immediately (without school board action) upon the parents filing the "application for excuse."
With the "application" now automatically effective, it made no sense to keep on calling it an "application" (since the word "application" denotes one is requesting something). But there was resistance at that time to expunging the no-longer appropriate word "application," thus leaving this housekeeping item for another day.
This year HB 1122 will take care of that unfinished business from 2011 and rename the "application" to "notification," which is what it truly is. The bill makes no other substantive changes. But the change from "application" to "notification" is a step forward because it removes a vestige of the bygone era when approval was actually required.
Signed by the Governor on March 6, 2017.
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