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    Filed at 7:39 pm under by dcobranchi

    out of Utah? More to come.

    UPDATE: This from Tad in UT.

    The Speaker of the Utah House of Representatives was showered with confetti and silly string and received a big hug from the Jazz Bear today when Senate Bill 59, Homeschool Amendments, passed by a unanimous 70-0 vote. The bill, which was sponsored by Senator and Homeschool dad Mark Madsen ( R Tooele ) and passed both houses of the Utah legislature unanimously, amends the current homeschool statutes to require that school districts issue compulsory attendance exemptions for children based on an affidavit of their parent that the child will be homeschooled. It also prohibits the local school district from requiring teaching credentials, testing or special record keeping of the homeschool.

    The Utah PTA staged a last minute lobbying effort to amend the bill to remove some of the prohibitions on school districts, most notably the testing prohibition, over the lunch hour with the bill scheduled as the first item of business after lunch. Representative LaWanna (Lou) Shurtliff (D. Ogden) proposed the amendment, but it received little support during the floor debate. The homeschool community responded with a lobbying campaign of their own on Capitol Hill, and a last minute telephone and email campaign.

    Senate Bill 59 is now off to Governor Huntsman for signature.

    3 Responses to “GOOD NEWS…”

    Comment by
    February 28th, 2005
    at 9:50 pm

    Congratulations Utahians! I’m crying here in Penn-statist-land.

    Is the Governor predicted to sign? or will he do what the VA governor did in 2004? Any thoughts?

    Comment by
    Mellie Helen
    February 28th, 2005
    at 10:30 pm

    Wow, good for Utah! Even though that’s not my state, any state that greenlights good ideas like this will help set precedents. Let’s hope the Gov signs it into law!

    Comment by
    February 28th, 2005
    at 11:38 pm

    The House was the hurdle. There are a number of retired teachers there, and the UEA and PTA have the ear of many legislators. Shurtliff, who tried to amend the bill, is a retired teacher.
    Governor Huntsman actually homeschooled his own children for a while and is very friendly toward homeschool. School choice is a big issue here, and Utah actually (& officially) has more HEKs than private schooled kids. With the bill passing unanimously in both houses, and no fiscal note, there is little reason for him to veto.
    I only wish I could have captured the video of the Speaker of the House when the party started on the house floor.