June 15, 2001

Michigan: He's Ba-a-a-ck!!

Representative Switalski, who earlier this year sponsored legislation to force home schoolers to take the state assessment test, has just introduced a bill imposing new regulations on home schoolers.

House Bill 4830 would require the parent of a home schooled child to notify the local or intermediate superintendent of their intent to home school at the beginning of each school year. Parents would be forced to report the name and age of each child, the name and address of the child's parent, and the number or name of the school district and county in which the family resides.

When HSLDA contacted Representative Wayne Kuypers, chairman of the House Education Committee, to discuss H.B. 4830, he personally assured us that he would not allow the bill to be heard or pass out of his committee.

Rep. Kuypers urged us to inform the home school community of his commitment to let this bill die in his committee. "Home schoolers need to know they have a friend as chair of the education committee," he added.

Thanks to the diligent calls of thousands of Michigan home schoolers, Rep. Switalski's earlier attempt to regulate home schoolers this year failed. With God's help, we expect that this bill will meet a similar fate.

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More information on the Michigan's House Bill 4830