Calling all Homeschoolers and those who support it for prayer

Tam - posted on 05/14/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Ladies, prayers are needed today for the defeat of S.B. 291 as it is written.

S.B. 291 started out good, but was recently amended to give control of homeschooling over to the State, though they do not lay out definitions for their criteria (such as definitions of what they consider to be a credit hour for homeschoolers). Right now the Missouri homeschool law is that a student must complete 1000 hours of school each year with 600 of those hours being in Core subjects (math, language, etc.) This bill, if passed would give the state control over our high schoolers and even if they complete the requirements set out in the law now, the state could deem they do not have enough education for a "credit hour" (as it is currently written in the bill, there is no determination, so it would depend on the committee overseeing your district, etc.). The problems this bill will cause and could cause are unimaginable.

Please pray that this bill is defeated.

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Tam - posted on 05/15/2009

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Quoting Teresa:

where can I find a home schooling laws for Wisconsin.


 



Teresa,



 



I had a complete post made, but for some reason it didn't go through, at least i haven't seen it, so if this doubles, I'm sorry.



 



Here's where you can download a summary of the Wisconsin laws for home-schooling.  (It is a pdf file, but it's from a good site, HSLDA.org, who work specifically for home-schooling):



 



http://www.hslda.org/laws/default.asp?St...



 



Basically...



 



~ Your student should be in home-school between the ages of 6 and 18, (6 by Sept 1).



~ You are required to give a minimum of 875 hours of instruction each school year (easily done, we are required to have a minimum of 1,000 and go over that every year).



~ You are required to teach reading, language arts, math, social studies, science and health.



~ The home-school is education provided by parent/guardian or person designated by parent/guardian.  A program provided to more than one family is not home-school, but you can designate a home-schooling parent to teach your student.



~ Each person who chooses to have their child home-schooled (by yourself or person designated) will have to fill out a 3-part registration form and submit it to the Department of Public Instruction no later than Oct 15 each year.  From what I understand they will ask you true or false questions about how many hours you teach/taught, whether or not the home-school is privately controlled, that you provide sequentially progressive curriculum of the required subjects, and it's not operated to circumvent the truancy laws (compulsory attendance).



~ You don't have to have teaching qualification



~ Your children are not required to take standardized tests.



 



Basically, it looks like Wisconsin is pretty home-school friendly.  Obviously make sure you are up to date on the laws, but as they stand right now, this is it!



 



Hope this helps.

Tam - posted on 05/14/2009

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Thank you Carolee, and anyone else who prayed!

It was amended this afternoon and passed as amended. The only change now for homeschoolers will be that they need a minimum of 16 credit hours to graduate (and those have to be 100 hours plus of instruction in a course)--which most of us would have done and more anyway. It's just the whole government involvement in parental rights that bothers a lot of home-schoolers.

Anyway, God is in control, no matter what. Have to remember that.

And thanks to you dear sweet ladies for praying!

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