Regulation 378044: Revising Graduation Requirements

District of Columbia
District of Columbia

Last Updated: December 8, 2016
Regulation 378044: Revising Graduation Requirements
State Superintendent of Education

This regulation revises graduation requirements for all schools in the district and explicitly includes home education. Included in this regulation are the following requirements:

  • The state superintendent is established as the "head" of every homeschool.
  • Student promotion can only take place at the end of the year.
  • Establishes an attendance policy which must be met.
  • Students can only graduate after 24 credits and 3 years of college preparatory instruction.
  • Establishes when a student may be considered in the 9th, 10th ,11th or 12th grade.
  • Explicitly states that homeschools in compliance with the high school regulation would get diplomas signed by the state superintendent.

An amended version of this proposed regulation that removed references to homeschool programs passed and was adopted as law.

HSLDA's Position:

This regulation unreasonably interferes with the rights of parents to homeschool their children. District parents who homeschool already must comply with an entire chapter of regulations, and thus it is unnecessary to include them in this new regulation. Furthermore, the proposed regulation imposes an inflexible curriculum on homeschools and grants sweeping authority to the state superintendent as the "head" of every homeschool.

Action Requested:
None at this time

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