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Bill Would Turn Clock Back, Add Wasteful Red Tape

by Scott Woodruff • January 25, 2018

On January 18, Senator Matt McCoy filed a bill (Senate File 2065) that would turn the clock back to a time when red tape reigned supreme in Iowa homeschool law.

In the early years of homeschooling in Iowa, all families were required to file papers every year—sometimes even more than one set of papers. With strong bipartisan support, in 2013 the legislature ended the reign of this wasteful red tape and created two new options for homeschooling which required no routine paperwork.

This aligned Iowa’s law with that of many other states which require no routine paperwork: Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Texas, Idaho, Alaska, Michigan, and South Carolina.

SF 2065 would force families operating under the Independent Private instruction Option to file paperwork at the beginning of every year. Creating more red tape means more shuffling of needless paperwork.

This will benefit no one.

HSLDA opposes this bill and will work on your behalf to prevent it from becoming law. If and when the time comes for Iowa homeschool families to take action, we know we can count on you to stand up for freedom.


Scott Woodruff

Senior Counsel

Scott is a seasoned attorney and homeschool advocate with decades of involvement in homeschool legal issues and cases. Read more.


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