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September 10, 2014

Pocatello-Chubbuck Okays 1-Class Dual Enrollment


Scott Woodruff answers questions and assists members with legal issues in Idaho. He and his wife homeschooled their children. Read more >>

On April 16, 2014, we reported that the Pocatello-Chubbuck school district had “backslidden” the previous summer and adopted an unlawful policy prohibiting homeschool students from taking just one public school course.

HSLDA Senior Counsel Scott Woodruff contacted the school system’s attorney and explained that this policy violated state law. Woodruff asked for her cooperation in persuading the school system to bring its policy back into line with state law so litigation could be avoided.

Revised Policy

We are glad to report that on July 15, 2014, the school system revised its policy and deleted the mandate that homeschool students take at least two classes if they desire to dual enroll. Policy No. 8116 now defines a “part-time non-public home-schooled student” as a student who takes “one or more” classes at a public school.

It’s possible that other problems will arise. Policy 8116 proclaims that the school system will only make part-time classes available if the school system can get state funding. This is not a permissible pre-requisite under Idaho law.

A family seeking to dual enroll their children for just one course was recently successful. They reported, however, that the school staff seemed very confused. That is not surprising since the policy has changed so often recently.

Please contact us immediately if the school system rejects your request to enroll your student for a single class.

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