Both TEACH-CT and HSLDA oppose U.S. bill HR 610, which calls for sending all federal education dollars to the states in the form of federal grants so that the states can then give the money as vouchers to public, private, and homeschool students. While well-intentioned, we believe HR 610 would be a slippery slope toward more federal involvement and control in homeschooling.
Connecticut also has a bill that could give government money to homeschoolers: HB 6814, An Act to Create Educational Savings Accounts. This sounds like a Coverdell Account, where a parent deposits money for a child’s education to be withdrawn later for educational purposes. It is not. ESAs are another name for vouchers, which take government money and give it back to parents with rules. HB 6814, although not yet drafted in full statutory language, carries the same risk for government control of homeschoolers. Rep. Rosa Rebimbas is the author of HB 6814. She can be reached at 800-842-1423.
►TEACH CT and HSLDA oppose homeschoolers taking government funds. Government money will eventually lead to government control.
HB 6807, commonly known as a Tebow Bill, would prevent schools from prohibiting homeschool students from participating in sports activities. What’s the catch? It would be up to the boards of education “to adopt standards for academic eligibility and residency”.
Connecticut is one of the least regulated states for homeschooling. We do not need to register or to test. How would boards of education determine academic eligibility without testing and reporting? We don’t need to imagine this scenario. It happened in Connecticut in the 1990’s when NHELD, the National Homeschool Educators Legal Defense Association, worked with a student who wanted to participate in public school sports. Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference wanted to determine not only if the child had a “C” average, but if there was equivalent instruction. The 2016-2017 CIAC rule affirms its decision that participation “is not to be extended to any student whose program is not under the direct supervision of a CIAC member school.” Participation in public school sports opens up homeschooling to further regulation. Let’s block that play!
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