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    Filed at 1:31 am under by dcobranchi

    Louisiana legislators are attempting to modify their home ed laws by re-categorizing homeschools. The change was not negotiated with their statewide inclusive group, LAHEN. That’s usually not a good sign. LAHEN then issued the notice attached below. If you need the deleted email address, write me offline.

    The DOE has submitted legislation to statutorily classify all homeschoolers not in the state approved Home-Study program as “In Home Private Schools.” This language is to be added to the revised statutes dealing with the state Home-Study program. Despite the fact that term “private school” is used, this language seems to classify home educators using the private school option as home-study, only without the state-approval. The need for the DOE to have a term to distinguish other home educators from their state-approved Home-Study participants is understandable. (They most likely keep stats on Parochial versus other private schools, but don’t require statutory language to do that.) There is no need to revise the statutes just to coin a term referring to home educators other than those in the state-approved Home-Study program. This proposed language has the potential for restricting the educational freedom of home educators because it opens the door to classifying private school homeschoolers as not simply a private school, but a category of home-study. It will be more difficult to retain our freedoms if we allow the DOE to categorize us as other than simply a private school. Read the full text of the bill here: Send along your comments to LAHEN: [email address deleted]

    Thanks to Ailina for catching this.


    Comment by
    March 22nd, 2004
    at 7:56 pm

    Daryl, just wanted to add an update — the actual source for the bill is pending verification. The source might not be the DOE but instead some ‘friends’ in high places. 🙂

    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    March 22nd, 2004
    at 8:15 pm

    I hope you don’t mean our friends in Virginia.