Government School Policies and Political Debate Over Home Schooling

The Battle Lines: Christian Right Movement and Concerned Parents vs. Public School Systems and Formal Education Advocates

Evangelical Christians have the group to most push for home schooling to be legalized in all states and saw it has a way to escape from the rising disorder and bad influences on school campuses.

The opposing side started out with advocates like Thomas Jefferson and other founding fathers who thought that schools would be a instrument to protect democracy through learning to share common values and history.

Public schools themselves believe they are under attack by the rise in the amount of home schooling families and need to protect themselves from losing the confidence of the community and their funding.

  A legal group which champions home schooling parents when they are approached by state educational officials and backs pro-home schooling legislation.

Legislation now under debate:

1. Lowering of Mandatory School Age-

Texas and Washington, D.C. are both pushing through legislation to lower the compulsary school age for children to be enrolled in a public, private, or parochial institution or be under "private instruction" for parents who wish to home school.

2. Denying of Public School Services to Home Schoolers:

The Texas state legislation has passed a bill that would deny the services of walk-in speech and other special education personel employed by the state because home schooling is classified as a private institution, not entitled to services from public institutions.

3. Changing of Requirements for Home Schoolers to enter institutions of higher education:

Georgia Regents recently changed their requirements for home schooled students to enter state universities.  They are now required to have:

1) a diploma from a regionally accredited home study program

2) a diploma from a center of the Accrediting Counsel for Independent Study

3) satisfactory scores on eight SAT II subject tests

4) admission through presidential exception

5)SAT I or ACT scores at or above that of first-time admitted freshman to Georgia colleges in the prior calendar year