AN EXAMINATION OF
REINFORCEMENT OF THE RIGHT OF PARENTS TO HOME EDUCATE
WITHOUT GOVERNMENT INTERFERENCE.
There have been three major attempts to enact regulation of homeschooling in
1. In 1989, certain superintendents of public schools sought assistance
from the State Department of Education in adopting stronger regulation of
homeschooling. The State Department of Education conducted lengthy research on
the rights of parents to instruct their children in
"Suggested Procedure for Home Instruction."
2. Shortly after enacting only the "Suggested Procedure",
certain public school superintendents urged their legislators to enact a state
statute to impose regulation of homeschooling. Again, hundreds of parents
engaged in a grassroots campaign to fight enactment of the legislation.
Approximately 500 parents and children attended a public hearing held by the
legislature's Education Committee urging defeat of that legislation. The bill
was killed in committee.
3. In the spring of 2003, again, certain public school superintendents
urged their legislators to enact legislation regulating homeschooling. Again,
hundreds of parents from across the state engaged in a grassroots campaign to
fight enactment of that legislation. At the public hearing held by the legislature's
Education Committee on that proposal, over one thousand parents and children
attended to urge defeat of the bill. Again, the bill was killed in committee.
contrary, the state legislature also has adopted certain other laws in recent
years that reinforce the rights of parents to instruct their own children. One
statute, CGS 10-184a, established the right of parents of children who
homeschool or who attend private school to refuse to accept any special
education services provided to students by the public schools. Another statute,
CGS 10-184b, requires that the State Commissioner of Education shall not waive
the authority of parents to instruct their own children.