Earlier this week, I read an article, School bills heat up Capitol building by Gwen Florio about two proposed Montana bills. The first bill I read about was SB 458 that was calling to change Home Education Regulations. Montana homeschoolers paid a visit to their legislators to oppose the bill and it was tabled after an 8-1 vote. SB 458 can be viewed here.
Montana HB 404, a bill calling for an end to compulsory attendance in Montana was mentioned in the article, but there was another article about these bills that focused more on HB 404 (hat tip to Tammy – Commments on the Fly). I found the title of this article from the Billings Gazette, Halt mandatory ed, lawmakerto be subtly misleading because if you read the bill, Rep. Jore does not appear to be calling for a halt to mandatory education, but mandatory attendance. There is a huge difference between the two. Larry and Susan Kasemen offer a good explanation in their July – August 2005 HEM Taking Charge Column, Don’t Let Compulsory Attendance Turn into Compulsory Education.>