Senate Bill 286: Homeschoolers May Apply for BOCES Classes

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Last Updated: March 1, 2014
Senate Bill 286: Homeschoolers May Apply for BOCES Classes
Senators William J. Larkin Jr., John A. Defrancisco, Kathleen A. Marchione, Thomas F. O'Mara

Senate Bill 286 would allow homeschool student to apply to their school board to take classes through the local Board of Cooperative Education Services (BOCES). Students would be able to participate in career education classes at their local BOCES if passed. Under SB 286 a homeschool parent would have to file their written request before June 1 so their child to participate could take classes at their local BOCES the next school year.

HSLDA's Position:

HSLDA is neutral regarding the participation of homeschool students in BOCES classes.

Action Requested:
None at this time

01/09/2013     (Senate)      Referred to Education Committee
01/08/2014     (Senate)      Referred to Education Committee


Currently, homeschool students are not entitled to take BOCES classes. While they may be permitted to take classes, there is nothing under state law that would require either the local school district or BOCES itself to accept homeschool students. This is true for other nonpublic school students.

Under New York law there is no allowance for part-time attendance at public school. At this time the only services through the public school that homeschool students are entitled to get are special education services for those students with a disability. Homeschool students can also participate in summer school programs that are open to all students provided by their local school district.

High school students attend their local BOCES through their local school district who has contracted with BOCES to provide career education classes and other similar type programs.

It appears that Senate Bill 286 is attempting allow homeschoolers the opportunity to participate in BOCES classes. It is unclear if students will have to "enroll" part-time in order to participate.

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