Senate Bill 528: Prohibiting Certain Parents from Homeschooling

West Virginia
West Virginia

Last Updated: June 8, 2017
Senate Bill 528: Prohibiting Certain Parents from Homeschooling
Mann, Stollings, Romano, and Mullins

This bill would effectively prohibit homeschooling and order CPS investigations if parents wanted to homeschool children who had accrued ten absences without acceptable excuse. SB 528 would create a new quasi-judicial procedure run by the county board of education. In addition to granting vague authority to the state board of education to create additional procedures for county boards, the bill would turn county boards of education into circuit courts.

The bill's sponsor withdrew the bill from active consideration; it is dead with the close of the legislative session.

HSLDA's Position:

SB 528 is an excessive and unnecessary intrusion into families - it is also an unconstitutional infringement on the rights of parents to direct the education and upbringing of their children which have been recognized in numerous U.S. Supreme Court decisions. The mere fact that a child has accrued 10 days of allegedly unexcused absences from the public school is simply not a sufficient reason to infer parental abuse or neglect or shift the burden of proof to parents while granting approval authority over homeschooling to county boards of education.

Action Requested:
None at this time
3/07/2017 Senate Introduced, referred to Education
3/13/2017 Senate Sponsor withdrew from consideration

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