In reading the text of Section 503 of the current enlistment law, it appears that the changesÂ proposed byÂ HR 3753 and S 1691 concerning enlistment aren’t to the existing section, but instead will create an entirely new section, 503a, dealing solely with homeschooled teens.
Although the fingerprints of NCLB appear to be all over Section 503 as it now stands, no specific group of recruit-aged teens is mentioned. The criterion for inclusion in the existing Section 503 is not whether a teen is enrolled in a public or private school, but rather whether the school receives federal assistance:
- (c) Access to Secondary Schools.
(1) (A) Each local educational agency receiving assistance under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 HR 3753 and S 1691 will set a precedent for homeschoolers by including them as a class of people, instead of merely as enrollees in an institution:
(a) Home-Schooled Students-
The proposed change to Chapter 31 of title 10, United States Code by H.R. 3753/S. 1691, is inserting after section 503 the following new section, that echoes some existing requirements which result in no gain for homeschoolers, and creates homeschooling as the only class of potential recruits with its own subsection:
- Sec. 503a. Recruitment and enlistment of home-schooled students
All in favor of DoD defining homeschooling, raise your hands … so you can answer the question:Â Qui bono?Â
(link to blog was merely the first hit after a google search for the Latin phrase)