HB 595 (2011, failed; 2012, failed) amends compulsory school attendance and repeals home schooling statutes

posted Dec 2, 2011, 10:12 AM by Bill Duncan   [ updated Apr 1, 2012, 4:50 AM ]
Docket . ITL on the House floor, Jan. 5, 2012, 82-263

DNHPE comment:    Here is a study of how compulsory education is implemented across the country  

SPONSORS: Rep. L. Jones, Straf 1; Rep. Manuse, Rock 5; Rep. Cohn, Merr 6; Rep. Baldasaro, Rock 3; Rep. C. Vita, Straf 3; Rep. Accornero, Belk 4; Rep. Avard, Hills 20; Rep. S. Palmer, Hills 6; Rep. Simpson, Belk 1; Sen. White, Dist 9; Sen. Forsythe, Dist 4; Sen. Luther, Dist 12

Official Analysis: This bill:

I. Repeals the home education statute.
II. Permits parent-directed instruction programs.
III. Asserts that it is the natural right of a parent to determine and direct the instruction of his or her child and limits the involvement of the state in parent-directed instruction programs only to cases in which there is probable cause to believe that a parent is neglecting a child’s instruction.

Statement of Purpose.

It is the natural right and duty of parents to determine and direct the instruction of their children for their education. The general court acknowledges that the primary and natural instructor of a child is the parents, and the general court guarantees the right and duty of parents to provide for the instruction of their children. Parents shall be free to provide this instruction in the manner and at the location of their choosing, including their homes or in private schools or in schools recognized or established by their resident school district or by the state or in other places where instruction can be given.