Senate Bill 207 and House Bill 196: Requires Parents to Notify Their Intent to Homeschool

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Last Updated: May 30, 2011
Senate Bill 207 and House Bill 196: Requires Parents to Notify Their Intent to Homeschool
House Senate
Sponsors:
Representative Walle
Sponsors:
Senator Gallego
Summary:

Relating to requiring certain students leaving public school to provide documentation necessary to ensure an accurate calculation of dropout rates.

The bill requires any parent or guardian who is withdrawing their child from public school in order to homeschool them, to provide the school with a signed and dated document stating the parent/guardian's intention to homeschool.

Summary:

Relating to requiring certain students leaving public school to provide documentation necessary to ensure an accurate calculation of dropout rates.

The bill requires any parent or guardian who is withdrawing their child from public school in order to home school them, to provide the school with a signed and dated document stating the parent/guardian's intention to homeschool.

Status:

11/08/2010     (House)     Filed
02/11/2011     (House)     Read first time and referred to Public Education
05/30/2011     (House)     Bill died when legislature adjourned

Status:

11/16/2010     (Senate)     Filed
01/31/2011     (Senate)     Read first time and referred to Education
05/30/2011     (Senate)     Bill died when legislature adjourned

HSLDA's Position:
Oppose.

HSLDA strongly opposes this bill.

Current Texas law only requires that homeschools must be conducted in a bona fide manner, using a written curriculum consisting of reading, spelling, grammar, math and a course in good citizenship. No other requirements apply. Homeschools do not have to initiate contact with a school district, submit to home visits, have curriculum approved, or have any specific teacher certification.

If passed, Senate Bill 207 and House Bill 196 are steps in the wrong direction toward requiring homeschool notification. Initially, only families withdrawing their child from public school in order to homeschool will be required to provide the school with a signed and dated document stating the parent/guardian's intention to homeschool. This state-mandated submission of an intention to home school would be an unnecessary regulation, opening up the door to wider regulation. HSLDA already advises its member families to submit a letter of withdrawal when removing their children from public school with the intention of homeschooling.

HSLDA's Position:
Oppose.

HSLDA strongly opposes this bill.

Current Texas law only requires that homeschools must be conducted in a bona fide manner, using a written curriculum consisting of reading, spelling, grammar, math and a course in good citizenship. No other requirements apply. Homeschools do not have to initiate contact with a school district, submit to home visits, have curriculum approved, or have any specific teacher certification.

If passed, Senate Bill 207 and House Bill 196 are steps in the wrong direction toward requiring homeschool notification. Initially, only families withdrawing their child from public school in order to home school will be required to provide the school with a signed and dated document stating the parent/guardian's intention to homeschool. This state-mandated submission of an intention to home school would be an unnecessary regulation, opening up the door to wider regulation. HSLDA already advises its member families to submit a letter of withdrawal when removing their children from public school with the intention of homeschooling.

Action Requested:
None at this time
Action Requested:
None at this time

 Other Resources

House Bill Text

House Bill History

Texas Letter of Withdrawal (members-only resource)

 Other Resources

Senate Bill Text

Senate Bill History

Texas Letter of Withdrawal (members-only resource)