In June, the Toledo News Chronicle posted Iowa Representative Steve Fisher’s legislative wrap-up. It was good news for Iowa homeschoolers.
Private schools are given the option of obtaining accreditation from agencies other than the Iowa Department of Education. Homeschool families are given the ability to teach under “private instruction” meaning they don’t have to submit burdensome paperwork to the local school district; the option of allowing a homeschool parent to teach a subject to up to four unrelated children which allows families to share subject matter experts; and home school parents will be able to teach their children drivers education. These changes for Homeschool families are being billed as a “new era of freedom”. Iowa has come a long way from the environment of a few years ago when home school families had to hide from the law or even move out of state in order to enjoy the freedom of homeschooling. Of all the bills passed in this session, I am the most proud of the freedom that the 85th General Assembly returned to Homeschool families.
The Sioux City Journal‘s Mike Wiser reports on the “status of homeschooling in Iowa” with a three-part series plus. The first article didn’t start out well dishing out innuendo on a homeschooled teenager’s education. (Justification for her family business participation was explained further in the article.)