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Hawaii mulls background checks for homeschool parents

Education | Latest attempt to prevent abuse wastes resources that could help protect an at-risk child
by Leigh Jones
Posted 2/14/18, 02:18 pm

Hawaii has become the latest state to consider new restrictions for homeschooling families following high-profile abuse cases.

State Sen. Kaialii Kahele recently introduced legislation that would require Child Welfare Services to conduct a background check on any parent requesting permission to homeschool. Current law only requires homeschooling families to ensure curriculum meets state standards, keep basic records, and submit annual progress reports. Kahele filed his bill after the deaths of two children in his district, both of whom were homeschooled.

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California lawmakers call for more homeschool oversight

Education | Despite the horrors of the Turpin case, homeschool advocates note child abuse risk factors don’t include learning at home
by Leigh Jones
Posted 1/24/18, 03:05 pm

Homeschooling opponents in California seized on the horrific case of child abuse discovered Jan. 14 in Riverside County to call for more oversight of parents who teach their children at home. But homeschooling advocates say policymakers need to consider one key fact obscured by emotional reactions to the Tupin case: None of the organizations that track child abuse list homeschooling as a risk factor.

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Homeschoolers get a lump of coal from Congress

Education | Last-minute tax bill changes dashed hopes for tax relief for homeschool education expenses
by Leigh Jones
Posted 1/03/18, 02:33 pm

The tax system overhaul passed just before Christmas hit an unexpected bump just hours after House lawmakers finished celebrating their historic vote. Several items ran afoul of Senate procedural rules and had to be pulled from the bill before final approval. One of those directly affected homeschooling families.

Under the bill, lawmakers expanded 529 educational savings accounts to include private K-12 schooling. They also attempted to include homeschool expenses, a tax benefit the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) has lobbied for since 2000.

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