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…)