Home-schooled families enjoy their version of mainstream, 22 July 2008, Arizona Republic, Phoenix, Arizona
Homeschooling in Arizona
1912: Original homeschool law requires children to attend school through grade 8 and be taught by a “competent” teacher.
1982: The first homeschool law rewrite comes when jurisdiction shifts to county school superintendents. In October, the first meeting of Arizona Families for Home Education is held.
1992: HB2075 proposed a revision to the homeschool law based on 1991 Legislative study committee recommendations. When debate stops, more than 200 homeschool advocates hold protests, widely covered by the media. Gov. Fife Symington vetoes the unfavorable homeschool bill.
1993: First AFHE statewide sponsored high school and junior high graduation. House bill 2262 sponsored by Gary Richardson is signed into law, requiring homeschool student testing every three years.
1995: Arizona proclaimed to have the “best” law in the nation, after a homeschool law revision requires parents only to file an affidavit of intent with the state. No tests.
1997: Homeschool students can join interscholastic sport competitions at public schools.
1999: The Bethany Lewis laws makes homeschoolers eligible for state university scholarships.
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