June 20, 2013

Technical Fix to Homeschool Access Law Coming

Scott Woodruff answers questions and assists members regarding legal issues in Wisconsin. He and his wife homeschooled their children. Read more >>

A correction is in the works for a minor error in the law that gives homeschoolers the right to take up to two public high school courses.

When Wisconsin’s statutes refer to homeschooling, they always call it a “home-based private educational program”—except once. Wisconsin Statute §118.145(4), the access statute, refers to homeschooling as a “home-based educational program.” Obviously the word “private” should have been placed between “based” and “educational.”

The online version of the Wisconsin statutes currently places the word “private” in square brackets in the correct location. A footnote follows which says, “A missing word is shown in brackets. Corrective legislation is pending.”

Plans in Place

HSLDA Senior Counsel Scott A. Woodruff communicated with representatives of the Legislative Council and Legislative Reference Bureau of the Wisconsin Legislature. He learned that no corrective legislation is actually pending right now. But the agencies plan to introduce legislation to make this technical correction in the future. Woodruff emphasized to the representatives that any bill the agencies may pursue must make no changes other than inserting the word “private” where it obviously belongs.

Inserting the word “private” where it belongs should not create problems for homeschool families, and it could even prevent some problems. We will watch any such bill closely to make sure it does not morph into something that threatens the right to homeschool.

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