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New Bill Seeks to Severely Restrict Homeschooling in South Carolina

According to an email alert sent out by the Home School Legal Defense Association, a new bill is being introduced in the South Carolina State House of Representatives that would threaten the ability of South Carolinians to effectively and legally homeschool their children as well as further reducing choice in terms of which homeschooling option is selected.

HSLDA states that House Bill 3478 (HB 3478) would

impose state testing on all homeschool students in both the South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools (SCAIHS) and all homeschool associations. Additionally, results of the annual review of these organizations by the South Carolina Department of Education would have to be reported to the legislature. Further, these organizations would be required to provide the name of each student being homeschooled to their respective school districts, instead of providing just the number of students being homeschooled as is now required.

HLSDA continues by writing,

But this is not the worst part of this terrible bill. It would ELIMINATE membership in a homeschool association under Section 59-65-47 of the South Carolina Code as an option for homeschooling on July 1, 2014. No longer would South Carolina homeschoolers be able to exercise what is known as the "third option" for complying with the compulsory attendance law.

Unfortunately, while the HLSDA’s email alert may seem a bit too much to believe, a simple reading of the bill proves that all the claims made by the home schooling organization are, in fact, very true.

In regards to the first claim that the bill would impose state testing on all homeschooling organizations, Section 1 (6) erases all doubt as to the veracity of the claims made by the HLSDA.

The section reads,

students must participate in the annual statewide testing program and the Basic Skills Assessment Program approved by the State Board of Education for their appropriate grade level. The tests must be administered by a certified school district employee either with public school students or by special arrangement at the student's place of instruction, at the parent's option. The parent is responsible for paying the test administrator if the test is administered at the student's home

Adding insult to injury, the bill also states that if the parents should opt to have the test administered at home, the parents are responsible for the cost of administration.


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Bill H3478 defeated by author!

Email I received from my homeschool association:

Update on H3478
February 12, 2013

Thanks to hundreds of phone calls and emails, the efforts of SCAIHS' legislative liason Zan Tyler, Facebook and the entire home school community, God has seen fit to defeat H3478 less than a week after the initial alert went out.

Below is a letter from Zan Tyler. Please note that Representative Brannon says, "I no longer support this bill in its current form." We can certainly rejoice in this victory, but we cannot let down our guard.

I just got off the phone with Representative Brannon, the author of H.3478. He told me that he has written a letter to Representative Phil Owens, the chairman of the House Education and Public Works Committee, and to Andy Patrick, chairman of the K-12 Subcommittee.

Here is the body of the letter:

"I write to ask that H. 3478 remain in subcommittee without hearing. I no longer support this bill in its current form and do not want the bill to become law. I've talked with Representatives Horne and Anthony and have informed them of my decision. They both concur."

Representative Brannon told me he has never tried to kill one of his own bills. He found out that once the bill has been read across the desk, it becomes the property of the body (the House of Representatives). He was informed that writing this letter was the best way to nullify the bill.

The House is on furlough until February 19. If there is any more news on this, we will certainly keep in touch. Thanking those elected officials who have listened to you and helped defeat this bill is never out of order.

Thank you for all you have done to defeat this bill. Your passion for parental rights, your phone calls, and your e-mails have worked. Representative Patrick told me yesterday he had received over 500 e-mails and that he has never had a response like this to any other issue since he has been in the House.

Defeating this bill has truly been a joint effort.

The law cannot make a wicked person virtuous…God’s grace alone can accomplish such a thing.
Ron Paul - The Revolution

Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals than through force of arms. Ron Paul

Well he wont win his next election

he is supposed to be representing the Spartenburg area. That place is practically the buckle of the Bible belt or right next too it depending on who you talk to. A lot of those christians like the idea of homeschooling.

New homeschooling restrictions? Is Huckabee down there?

Ticked me off in 08 that the Huckster touted being so pro-home-schooling, yet he was one to impose more laws on those who chose to home-school.

State tests every year? Burdensome.

PA law requires state testing for homeschoolers every few years. PA law also requires vaccines (or legal exemption), annual check-ups, annual evaluations and portfolios for each child...plus some other demands.

Meanwhile, you don't have to do *anything* if you live in NJ and homeschool.

I'm sure many Pennsylvanian homeschoolers have moved across the Delaware River, just for that liberty...which, like all liberty nowadays, is precarious, and may vanish in the blink of an eye, according to the whims of bureaucrats.

and...since Adam Lanza may have been homeschooled for a time...

Connecticut state officials are looking to require confidential behavioral health assessments of every public school student in grades 6,8,10 and 12 and every home school student at ages, 12, 14 and 17.

Let me know when the revolution starts...the tyrants just keep encroaching...we can almost see the white in their eyes!

Tyrants never sleep.

It always amazed me that people automatically believe that everyone has to answer to the government schools.

As an aside, government school employees make me sick to my stomach.

May I suggest to young cubs? Mark Twain

Dear Home School Cubs,

Subject: The student challenge that administrator must pass, under penalty of losing points.

Do you prefer home schooling or just want more time to fish?

Do you feel qualified to help hire your own teacher?

Enough with the preliminary qualifying questions. What do you say about setting yourself up for success? How may you certify your teacher is qualified to teach you?

What do you say to gathering up amongst your friends a proper test for those grownups which self-proclaim what you must learn?

Write down a proper test to see if those aforementioned grownups are up to the task. Certify that they are indeed qualified to teach you what you need to know. And make sure that they can & will do so. Have them prove to you by official testimony answers to you cubs that should be taught.

Have those grownups submit evidence of their successful work product.

challenge them in open testimony to answer questions about what you expect them to teach. Match their answers with those of your senior classmates.

Specify clear punishment for failure. Let penalty fit the offense should they fail: lost points; detention; expulsion, or worse.

Have your local newspaper & film crew record this event. The student challenge.

Be certain of your requirement. Hire the best of the den.

Hint: You might warm them up to your test by setting it at less than the 5th grade level. Humble them with the knowledge that, "even Mark Twain answered this question. And he never graduated the 5th grade.

Best wishes.

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul

The home schoolers

need to pack out the statehouse on that day. That tactic worked in Colorado in the 90's.

Further info from WYFF Greenville

Changes could be coming for South Carolina's homeschoolers

Freedom is not: doing everything you want to.
Freedom is: not having to do what you don't want to do.
~ Joyce Meyer