HB 595

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.

The House Education Committee will hear this bill on 02/08/2011 at 02:00 PM in Representative’s Hall.

You should contact the Committee to let them know of your support.

Note: This bill provides an equal playing field for parents and clear direction to the court. Termination is simple and straightforward when a parent fails to instruct his child. There is no need for an “affirmative defense” or the pretense of “privacy” as the child is not subject to invasive scrutiny to determine the level of his enlightenment. The burden of proof is on the state to prove that the parent is not providing any instruction. This requirement is equivalent to those placed upon other public and private educators in the state.