November 16, 2001

Congressional Committee Declares Home School Provisions Vital to Final Education Bill

Last week, the House Education and the Workforce Committee posted in its online publication, Education Watch, an article reassuring those concerned that home school freedoms will be protected in the final version of this year's education bill (House Resolution 1/Senate bill 1)-the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

The article says that Congressman John Boehner (R-OH), chairman of the House-Senate Education Conference Committee, "has pledged to ensure that the final bill allows America's home schools to continue to provide a quality education to students without the intrusion of federal bureaucrats."

Citing an example of progress toward this goal, the Education Watch reported that, the conference committee agreed on October 30 to an amendment exempting home schools from the Gun-Free School Zones Act.

Now, according to the article, "GOP education conferees are working to ensure that the final conference report also includes clear-cut exemptions for home schools from the testing provisions, as well as protection from federal control over home school curricula."

"Home School Legal Defense Association is pleased with the hard work Congressman Boehner and his staff have done to preserve home school freedoms, and we are confident that they have the best interest of home schoolers in mind," said National Center for Home Education Manager of Federal Policy and Research Caleb Kershner.

HSLDA encourages members to continue to pray for the education conference committee as it works to complete the ratification of H.R. 1 and S. 1. For background information, see HSLDA's federal legislation page.

Click here to read the entire article in Education Watch.

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Education Watch—Home School Protections Vital to Final Education Bill