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    Filed at 5:38 am under by dcobranchi

    Tucked into another article on HEKs and g-school sports was this tidbit:

    Many home schoolers say they aren’t willing to trade their freedom for sports. Home school students in Georgia must submit monthly attendance reports to the local public school superintendent…

    Do GA homeschoolers really have to submit monthly reports? Why? Talk about a waste of time and money!

    3 Responses to “REALLY?”

    Comment by
    Rational Jenn
    July 27th, 2009
    at 8:05 am

    Yep. We have to prove to the State that our kids “attend” homeschool for the same number of days as the schooled kids. So we have to send an attendance form, with an X marking the days the child was present. After the total number reaches 180 (the magic number required by law) then we can stop sending the forms, until next year.

    It’s ridiculous busy work that serves no actual purpose. But we have no curriculum that must be overseen by an official teacher, and are not required to report test scores (the kids must take them but there’s no reporting requirement). So as silly as the attendance law is, it’s less intrusive to our freedom than the laws in other states.

    Amazingly enough, my son had Perfect Attendance at our homeschool last year! :o)

    Comment by
    Nance Confer
    July 27th, 2009
    at 9:22 am

    This is the same as the minimum requirement for private/umbrella school hsers in FL.

    Many of these schools require more but attendance is all that is required (after enrollment paperwork).

    And it doesn’t have to be monthly — it can be quarterly or annual or whatever the school wants.

    But it adds up to the same silly paperwork and lots of kids with “perfect attendance.” 🙂


    Comment by
    JJ Ross
    July 27th, 2009
    at 10:27 am

    Raising an interesting question about who’s more susceptible to the spectre of increased regulation, hsers feeling already burdened under the status quo, or those feeling very “free” and trying to defend that?

    Or maybe both? It seemed to me those actively fighting anything like parttime participation were both Ohio-PA types already feeling most burdened, and also TX-CA total freedom types. While those of us in the middle feeling neither burdened nor totally free, saw less in the status quo to fight over either for OR against?

    That would be my starting hypothesis. . .