Reports of a significant ruling on Nebraska homeschools and their educational calendar schedule are out. Eric and Gail Thacker were charged and convicted of violating the compulsory attendance statute in County Court. Upon appeal, the decision was reversed by a Dawson County District Court judge. The Dawson County prosecutors followed that decision by appeal which culminated with the Nebraska Supreme Court taking the case on. Last Friday, the county prosecutors didn’t get what they hoped, as the Supreme Court released their decision about public school calendars vs private school – in this case, homeschool – calendar hours. It appears to be a victory for Nebraska homeschooling freedoms loosening up the time frame of their educational schedules a bit.
Our current day and age reveals public school students boycotting standardized testing while federal Common Core invasions are occurring on a local level. Controversial profits are made off children’s backs, who must steadfastly fill in the tedious dots in the classroom. Actual learning seems to be increasingly irrelevant, even as “mid-course corrections” are requested. Even so, The Daily Iowan wanted homeschoolers to stay in middle of that messy business with continued standardized testing.
My solution would be to follow the revolt against the No Child Left Behind federal initiation of standardized testing and stop the onslaught for all children. But even more radical than the currently proposed change of allowing homeschooling parents to administer required tests – stop this testing craziness for privately and public educated children. Since Iowa legislators want education reform, they should be in the forefront of getting back to the basics of learning and not teaching to the test.
Editorial: Regulation of homeschooling should not be removed (more…)
Iowa Republican‘a Kevin Hall reports:
Iowa Legislature Passes Education Reform
An education reform package passed 91-0 in the Iowa House and 40-10 in the senate. It included a handful of reforms that provide more freedom for homeschool educators. That includes eliminating annual reporting to the state, eliminating requirements for homeschooling educators to assessment reforms to their local school district and allowing parent-taught drivers education.
South Carolina’s The State reports School choice fails in SC Senate
COLUMBIA — A proposal that would give tax breaks to parents of home-schooled and private-school students was defeated in the Senate Wednesday.
The Senate debated the proposal, offered by Sen. Larry Grooms, R-Berkeley, as an amendment to the state budget starting July 1.
The article said the state would lose $39.1 million in tax revenues, but I think that’s consideration relative to whether it stays in the taxpayers/users’ pocket directly or not.
The proposal would give tax deductions of $4,000 for private-school students, $2,000 for home-schooled children, and $1,000 for students attending a school in another district.
“This tax voucher would take more money out of the public school system that we desperately need,” said Bobby Parker, Lancaster County school district chairman.
Apparently, this issue comes up each year in the SC legislature regarding the state budget.
The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reports on a Tim Tebow bill and another bill the Texas Home School Coalition (THSC) also proposed calling for restricting a current law allowing grandparents to sue parents for access to or custody of school-age children.
Home-school legislation seems to be dead this session
Key legislation a coalition supported appears to be dead in the current session that ends May 27 (more…)
These are homeschooling articles I enjoy reading. Virginia Commonwealth University‘s Capitol News Service posted a lengthy article: Home Schooling on the Rise in Virginia by Allison Landry and Amber Shiflett. Homeschoolers were the homeschooling experts in this article, rather than people who like to study homeschoolers. (more…)
The Des Moines Register posted bill progress on a move to free up Iowa home educators from bureaucratic busy-ness. The homeschoolers’ freedom hinges on an education reform package agreement between the two major political parties.
Home schooling tripping up education reform
Efforts to improve public education face a move to also alter parent-led instruction
An education bill containing language affecting Iowa homeschoolers has some push/pull between the two political parties controlling the final result. Iowa’s HF 215 passed the House with 52 ayes and 44 nays on February 19. April 3, the Iowa Senate passed the bill with a 26-24 vote. Republicans control the Iowa House and Democrats have the Senate’s majority. The bill has been sent to a Joint Conference Committee.
Below is a synopsis of the homeschool language in HF 215 from today’s Associated Press article.
The proposed changes in Iowa would exempt some homeschool families from filing reports with the state and doing annual educational assessments, as well as permit teaching up to four unrelated children in one household. There is also a provision to permit homeschooling parents to provide driver’s education to their kids. The proposals would not change the reporting rules for families that homeschool but receive some supervision from an accredited school or take part in some school programs. (more…)
Former teacher and brand new Illinois Representative Scherer found a powerful foe against her bill lowering compulsory attendance age to 6 years of age. It was called “grassroots” and the only objective sought in opposing this bill was family well-being and choice. No money involved, unless Representative Scherer’s HB 2762 passed in its original form and added one more year of forced schooling. Instead, as reported on the Illinois Homeschool Central site, Amendment 2 eliminated the change in compulsory attendance age and reduced the bill to an ”exception that if the child turns 7 during the regular school term, that child shall be made to attend that entire school term.” This change only affects public school children reaching the age of 7 during a “regular school term”. (more…)