Perhaps it’s a good thing that I’m playing catch-up. The original link is dead, but at least there’s still a Google cache.
Unlike the legislative activism in New Hampshire, it looks as if there is no way for homeschooling parents to excuse their children from compliance with the change. It also looks as if even that “invisible hole” annoys the authorities in South Dakota.
Rapid City Journal, Rapid City, South Dakota, 20 March 2007, Compulsory school attendance age to rise
A bill recently signed by Gov. Mike Rounds boosts the compulsory attendance age to 18 in 2009, which means any student entering high school during the 2009-10 school year must remain in school until age 18, unless the student graduates or is excused for other legal reasons.
Creal said students and their families will find ways around the law.
“They haven’t changed the home-school laws,” Creal said. Parents can apply for a home-school exemption and keep their children at home.
State law does require testing of home-schooled children in grades 2, 4, 8 and 11, but under the current law a 16-year-old home-schooled student can refuse to take the test, according to Pat Peel, director of student achievement for the Rapid City School District.
“Changed the home-school laws” to what? Not allowing homeschooling?
I grew up near Rapid City and spent my K-6 years in the Douglas School system, so I have a fondness for South Dakota with its wide open vistas, cold winters, and occasional views of the aurora borealis. Still, the comments about writing the law to make it so people cannot remove their children from school in order to homeschool sounds like ‘people’s republic’ thinking and make me cringe.
Is World Net Daily on the story?
posted by Valerie