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May 15, 2015

Homeschoolers Included in Dual Credit Courses

Dee Black Senior Counsel Dee Black answers questions and assists members with legal issues in Georgia. He and his wife homeschooled their children.

With the enactment of Senate Bill 132 on April 30, 2015, Georgia created the “Move on When Ready Act,” which establishes a program by which high school students, including those in a home study program, may earn course credits at both the high school and college levels. Under this program, students in grades 9–12 may enroll in college courses, including virtual courses, which will count toward high school graduation and earn college credit at postsecondary institutions.

The Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC) will administer the new program and is authorized to promulgate rules and regulations that are consistent with the law passed by the Georgia General Assembly. Noteworthy is the fact that each eligible high school, which includes a home study program, will be required to sign a participation agreement prescribed by the GSFC, the terms of which are unknown at this time. Further, the State Board of Education will determine what dual courses are appropriate to fulfill the graduation requirements of high schools. Since state law does not prescribe graduation requirements for home study programs, parents or guardians should be able to apply the course credits as they wish.

Funding for the new program is subject to annual appropriations by the general assembly commencing in fiscal year 2016 which begins July 1, 2015. In order to participate in the program, each eligible postsecondary institution must agree to (1) waive all mandatory and noncourse related fees for students participating in the program, (2) provide course books to students at no charge, and (3) accept the amount paid by the GSFC as full payment for tuition, mandatory and noncourse related fees, and course books.

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